Capturing cultural glossaries: case-study II

  • M Madiba
  • L Mphahlele
  • M Kganyago


This case-study attempts to present a brief glossary of Northern Sotho medical terms. It is a follow-up of a similar case-study (Madiba, Mphahlele and Kganyago 2003), which was an attempt to capture and present Northern Sotho cooking terms. Case-study I consists of the names for utensils, ingredients and the processes involved in the preparation of cultural dishes. With both these case-studies, the intention has been to use the opportunities availing themselves for the pres-ervation and valorisation of Northern Sotho, including the extension of its corpora to support national dictionary-making processes. The case-study methodology has been very useful for the purposes of this project and the context within which it was undertaken. It aims to provide a model for the collection and presentation of authentic Northern Sotho terminology which otherwise would hardly have been accessible. Keywords: cultural glossary, indigenous knowledge systems, corpus, outcomes-based education, assessment criteria, traditional medical terms, communicative approach, structural approach, metonymy, hands-on activities, task-based learning

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