[freedict] Re: Fwd: a Tibetan verb dictionary I have written

  • From: Piotr Bański <bansp@xxxxx>
  • To: freedict@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 02:54:21 +0100

Dear Nathan,

This is big -- thank you very much!

Would you kindly specify the license under which you would like to place the dictionary? Without a free license attached, we can't do much with a dataset, because its legal status isn't clear -- in particular, it is not clear that we are allowed to distribute it.

It would also be great to have a few sentences about how the dictionary was created, if only to put them in the header (= description of / introduction to the dictionary) for the interested users to understand some lexicographic choices and possibly to be able to turn to you for discussion.

Also, I found it curious that you have used the BulTreeBank/CLaRK to create or at least render the dictionary -- was that a choice dictated by e.g. a cooperation between SOAS and BTB, or a more or less random move?

I have tried to open the dictionary with my default XML editor, but it was a bit of a disaster, the editor got totally confounded by 'non-standard' characters and long lines. I don't have any others handy because I'm travelling with only a small notebook. At the same time, a browser signalled to me that the XML is not fully well-formed. Hence my question: does this dataset exist in a different form, which could be more sympathetic to standard XML tools? Maybe we could (re)start there?

Thanks again for the generous donation and best wishes,


On 14/02/2020 00:59, Nathan Hill wrote:

Dear Colleagues,

I have just signed up to this list and don't really know what I am doing. Anyhow, I am a technically inept person with a keen interest in lexicography. I have myself compiled a Tibetan verb dictionary that I would like to donate to you.


It is already available in xml, but not in TEI. I attach it to this message. I also have a digitized version of Sarat Chandra Das' Tibetan-English dictionary, which is in the public domain.


Dr Nathan W. Hill
Reader in Tibetan and Historical Linguistics
Research Coordinator, East Asian Languages and Cultures
UK Director, London Confucius Institute
SOAS, University of London
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