IJsselstein, Tuesday, 28 October 2008
The dictionary section is one of the most popular parts of this site. In cooperation with Project Gutenberg, we are busy adding more dictionaries to help learners and speakers of Philippine languages.
The dictionary can be found at this location:
General comments on this dictionary are welcome in the comment box below.
Our next target is to add a high-quality Cebuano dictionary. For this we selected one of the best dictionaries ever made for Cebuano: Professor John U. Wolff's Cebuano-English Dictionary, published in 1972. Its publisher, Cornell University, has dedicated this important work to the Public Domain, so we can use it here. Professor Wolff, now an Emeritus Professor, supports our digitization effort.
For now we need help from volunteers and students to correct the text derived from page-images using OCR (optical character recognition) software. To help, you can follow the following steps.
The dictionary will go through no less than five rounds of proofreading, so in the end, we will have a digital text with a very high level of accuracy. This text I will use to create a searchable interface similar to that for Kaufmann on this site.
If all regular users of this site will help proof just one page a week, we will have the dictionary available for all next year!
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