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Query Details

Query Subject:   Terminology Development in Amerindian Languages
Author:   José Álvarez
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Applied Linguistics

Query:   I will be involved in a project aimed at developing basic scientific
terminology in Amerindian languages of Venezuela for use in primary and
secondary schools. I am looking for references and other sources about the
process of lexicon development. I have conducted fruitless searches in the
WWW. I am fully aware that an understanding of the structure of the
language is crucial for creating new terms (for example, derivational
morphology and compounding), but I need something like general guidelines,
theory of lexicon creation, and information about current and past projects
in this area. Thank you.

José Álvarez
Universidad del Zulia
Maracaibo, Venezuela
LL Issue: 17.1090
Date posted: 11-Apr-2006


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