Celestino Oriikiriza F'09

Celestino  Oriikiriza
Doctoral Student
Linguistics
Makerere University

African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships 2009
Doctoral Student
Linguistics
Makerere University
Elicitation and Arrangement of Meanings of Words in the Lexicography of Less Documented Languages

Where a language is well-written, elicitation and arrangement of meanings of words for dictionary making is mainly done using document-based methods. Where a language is not well-written, or not written at all, elicitation and arrangement of meanings of words for dictionary making is mainly done using fieldwork methods, which makes the work tedious, expensive, and time-consuming. Given this scenario, the objective of this research project is to find an efficient and optimal method of eliciting and arranging multiple meanings of words in the lexicography of less documented languages. Derived using the situation-role theory, the central thesis is that multiple meanings of words can be optimally and efficiently elicited and arranged in accordance with the syntatic-semantic-syntatic bridge. The project’s scope includes different classes of verbs.