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EFEO-CNRS-SOAS word list for linguistic fieldwork in Southeast Asia

Abstract : This word list aims to allow researchers (i) to conduct in-depth lexical investigation when doing fieldwork on languages of Southeast Asia, and (ii) to navigate between languages and dialects, through the use of a unique identifier for each lexical entry. The first version of this word list was created by Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO) for a broad investigation launched in 1938 and interrupted by the war in 1940. A second version of the word list was elaborated at the CNRS laboratory CeDRASEMI (Centre de documentation et de recherche sur l'Asie du Sud-Est et le monde insulindien). This overhaul was supervised by Lucien Bernot, probably between 1960 et 1970; the list was jointly prepared by the Centre de documentation et de recherche sur l'Asie du Sud-Est et le monde insulindien (EPHE-CNRS, Paris) and the Department of South Asia and Oceania of the School of Oriental Studies (University of London) with a view to creating an Ethnolinguistic Atlas of Southeast Asia. Michel Ferlus re-typed the 22-page list to adopt a format suitable for use in the field. As the list remained insufficiently comprehensive for in-depth linguistic fieldwork, Michel Ferlus added further items in the course of his field trips to Vietnam in the 1990s. This list was circulated among Michel Ferlus's colleagues and collaborators. Khmer glosses were added, based on a version of the CeDRASEMI-SOAS list to which Marie Martin had added Khmer glosses. Version 1 of the present document was updated at the International Research Institute MICA in 2013-2014. Chinese glosses were added; English glosses were supplemented; and Vietnamese glosses were revised. The word list is offered online in Open Office format (.ods) and MS-Excel format (.xlsx). In Version 2 (2016), the full set of English translations was checked. In Version 3 (2019), Central Thai, Northern Thai, Lao and Burmese translations were added. In Version 4 (2022), Tibetan translations were added.
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Submitted on : Thursday, January 13, 2022 - 5:42:42 PM
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  • HAL Id : halshs-01068533, version 4


Frederic Pain, Michel Ferlus, Alexis Michaud, Thị Thu Hà Phạm, Ryan Gehrmann, et al.. EFEO-CNRS-SOAS word list for linguistic fieldwork in Southeast Asia. 2022. ⟨halshs-01068533v4⟩



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