Capturing Cultural Glossaries: Case-study I *

  • M Madib
  • L Mphahlele


This article is a presentation of a brief cultural glossary of Northern Sotho cooking terms. The glossary is mainly composed of names for utensils and ingredients, and action words for the processes involved in the preparation of cultural dishes. It also contains names of dishes tied to some idiomatic expressions in a way eliciting cultural experiences that can lead to an under-standing of indigenous knowledge systems. The article seeks to explore ways of capturing cultural glossaries to feed into the national dictionary corpora by using a case-study approach to investigate the processes that led to the generation of this specific school-based project. A number of issues that surfaced in this project, can possibly serve as models for the collection of authentic glossaries that can support dictionary making in African languages. Keywords: cultural glossary, indigenous knowledge systems, cultural terminology, corpus, authentic glossary, contextualisation, margin-alized languages, outcomes-based education, performance indicator, assessment criteria, range statement, traditional dishes, language val-orisation, simultaneous feedback, communicative approach, structural approach, metonymy

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