Suang Lotud RWC workshop held in Malaysia September 18-29

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Lotud word-collection group

A RWC workshop organized by the Suang Lotud community was held near Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia September 18-29, 2013. It was not the ideal time to hold the workshop, as many Lotud speakers were unavailable, but it was the only time that would work for certain key participants.

Because of the limited number of personnel available, only three word-collection groups could be formed (instead of the usual six), and the word collection lasted only one week instead of the prescribed two. Nevertheless, 5063 words were collected in 380 semantic domains, as the few who were present worked diligently, even into the evening and night-time hours. Entries in the FLEx database were periodically exported and uploaded to webonary.org. This was a source of never-ending astonishment and delight to the participants of the workshop.

Because many semantic domains remained unexplored at the end of the limited time that was able to be allocated in September, follow-up sessions will be scheduled, to work toward completing the task of collecting Lotud words for the dictionary that the community wants to produce.

An article about this workshop has been published on the SIL website. You can read it here.