Preserving endangered knowledge in a dictionary: The case of ket

Elizaveta Kotorova, Andrey Nefedov

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Describing culture-specific vocabulary is a rather challenging part of lexicographic work, especially in the case of languages considered to be endangered. As a rule, such languages are understudied and not sufficiently documented, which greatly complicates the presentation of ethnocultural realia in a dictionary. We describe the main problems related to presenting ethnocultural material encountered in the course of making the Comprehensive Dictionary of Ket, a highly endangered Yeniseian language. They include cultural differences in categorization of extralinguistic reality, the presentation of ethnocultural information in a dictionary entry, and the loss of ethnocultural knowledge in the language community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-113
Number of pages11
JournalAnthropological Linguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language

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