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‘Arebhashe Padakosha-Arebashe Kannada-English Dictionary’ published at SAC

‘Arebhashe Padakosha-Arebashe Kannada-English Dictionary’ published at SAC

Mangaluru: The Arebhashe Dictionary titled ‘Arebhashe Padakosha-Arebashe Kannada-English Dictionary’, published by Karnataka Arebhashe Samskruti and Sahitya Academy, was released at St Aloysius College on August 6, 2022. The dictionary is an important document in the preservation of the Arebhashe language.

The book was published by BA Vivek Rai, former Vice Chancellor of Hampi Kannada University, joined by Fr Melwin Pinto SJ, Rector, St Aloysius Institutions, Mangaluru; Rev Dr Praveen Martis SJ – Principal, St Aloysius College, Mangaluru; the president of the Academy Lakshminarayana Kajegadde; Prof Vishwanath Badikana, Assistant Professor, Kannada, St Aloysius College; Professor Che Ramaswamy, a retired professor from the University of Madras, among others. Prior to the publication of the dictionary, Ms Sharannya, a student at St Aloysius College, invoked God’s blessings through a song of prayer.

Academy President Lakshminarayana Kajegadde said they tried to include every detail in the dictionary. A preparatory meeting and workshop was held under the leadership of retired University of Madras Professor Che Ramaswamy in Sullia and Madikeri in November 2020 to release the dictionary. The dictionary contains more than 1,500 Arebhashe proverbs, 750 riddles, 1,000 site names, 900 surnames and others, he added.

Professor Vishwanath Badikana, Assistant Professor, Kannada, St Aloysius College, who is the dictionary editor, said it took almost a year and a half to complete work on an 18,000-word dictionary. Badikana said a team of eight research assistants helped compile words for the dictionary. Academy member Bharathesha provided overall technical support. Initially, 30,000 words were collected. The words were given meaning in Kannada and English. In addition to meaning, it uses each word in a sentence format.

Dr N Girish from the English department of St Aloysius College helped to make sense in English for the dictionary. As part of the fieldwork, words were collected from Alur Siddapura, Aigoor, Kajoor, Kodlipet, Shanivarasanthe, Bhagamandala, Maragodu, Todikana, Peraje, Madikeri, Galibeedu, Madanadu, Bettathoor, Kushalnagar, Suntikoppa, Ponnampet, Palibetta, Gonikoppal in Kodagu, Kollamogra, Madugall, Balgodu, Harihara Pallathadka, Kandrappadi, Guthigaru, Devachalla, Pambethadi, Uppukala, Mentekaje, Kappadka, Kadamakal, Karangallu, Doddathora, Madappadi, Elimale, Pailar, Chokkadi, Baddadka, Aletti, Aivarnadu, Chokkadi-Ninthikal, Bellare, Panjikallu, Ajjavara, Adoor, Parappe, Jalsoor, Yenekall, Panja, Balpa and other areas of Dakshina Kannada.

As Arebhashe has no script, to help other speakers of the language to read Arebhashe, we used international phonetics and Roman alphabets. It is the first dictionary published using Kannada unicode, he added. A seminar on endangered languages ​​and dictionaries was held at the college on the occasion of the release of the dictionary.

Professor Che Ramaswamy, a retired professor from the University of Madras, spoke about the languages ​​that are on the verge of extinction. Sessions were also held on digitization, unicode and Arebhashe. Asked about the digitization of Arebhashe’s works, Lakshminarayana Kajegadde said that no less than 84 works have been digitized. Works published by the Academy and doctoral theses have been digitized. The team also digitized 142 issues of Kodava Sangathi, a fortnightly.

Karnataka Arebhashe Samskruti and President of Sahitya Academy Lakshminarayan Kajegadde informed the Mangalorean team that the Arebhashe Encyclopedia will be ready by September. Work on the encyclopedia is in progress. Professor Hati Krishne Gowda from Mysore University and Academy member Bharathesha are working on it. The Covid-19 pandemic had posed a challenge to complete the work on the dictionary and also on the encyclopedia. The encyclopedia will be published at the end of September.

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