March 2021: we recently launched an Online Survey asking about people’s work on community-based dictionary projects for Indigenous and other historically-marginalized languages in North America (and beyond). You can find the link to our survey on our website. We are pleasantly surprised to report that 140 people have already completed the survey. Please consider completing the survey yourself, if you have not done so already, and sharing it with anyone you think would be interested in sharing their experiences in developing or using community-based dictionaries. The survey results will help us to identify the types of dictionary-related resources that people would find useful and that we could develop in the future. 

To learn more about the survey, you might like to watch a 20-minute video presentation about the survey that Mark, Christine and Julia recently presented at the International Conference of Language Documentation and Conservation. The presentation is entitled Surveying community-based dictionary creators to develop a Relational Lexicography toolkit and framework and focuses on the first 50 survey responses. 

We are also working to develop an online searchable and browsable Relational Lexicography Knowledgebase of print and online dictionaries of Indigenous and historically-marginalized languages in North America. To date, Meryl and Ben have identified and scoped over 750 dictionaries. With the support of Will Engle and Rie Namba, Sarina is currently building the online knowledgebase on our website. We will let you know once the knowledgebase is live.

To learn more about the first stage of our scoping of dictionaries and developing the knowledgebase, you might enjoy a 20-minute video presentation that Vicki, Ben and Meryl recently gave at the International Conference of Language Documentation and Conservation. The presentation is titled Resources for Reclamation: Creating a Relational Dictionary Knowledgebase.

April 2020: The Relational Lexicography project was covered by UBC Language Sciences on 23 April 2020. Click on the link below the image to read the article.