Dictionaries are repositories of lexical data. They preserve all kinds of linguistic and cultural information about a language. They can help minority people learn the national language and improve their skills in their own language. So far our work has resulted in a Zhuang dictionary and work on Yao and Bai dictionaries is in progress. In 2000 EAG ran a lexicography workshop in Nanning, and in 2001 another in Beijing.

Dialect Survey

Determining language boundaries and how many sub-dialects a language has requires travelling to many different villages, transcribing word lists and testing intelligibility. In 2000 and again in 2003 EAG offered practical workshops in sociolinguistic survey to Chinese researchers. Our members have collaborated with Chinese colleagues in doing field research and have published the following survey reports:

Cultural Research

The languages of ethnic minorities are intimately bound up with their cultures, and so our members are also interested in studying the cultures of the groups where they live. This research includes investigations into the traditional customs of the people, collecting folk stories and proverbs, and writing ethnographic papers.

Examples of cultural research:



【英】康蔼德(Andy Castro),潘兴文等著. 水语调查研究【M】.贵阳:贵州人民出版社,2014.5

Naqxi-Habaq-Yiyu Ceeqdiai 纳西汉英词典 A Naxi-Chinese-English Dictionary

孙堂茂Thomas M Pinson . Naqxi-Habaq-Yiyu Ceeqdiai 纳西汉英词典 A Naxi-Chinese- English Dictionary.  云南少数民族语文指导工作委员会,世界少数民族语文研究院合作项目丛书.昆明:云南民族出版社.2012.11

Southern Sui: A fourth Sui dialect

Castro, Andy (康蔼德). 2011. Southern Sui: A fourth Sui dialect [水语南部土语:水语的第四个土语]. Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 4(2). 1-31.


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