A Dictionary of the Yoruba Language

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University Press Plc, Nigeria University Press
University Press, 1991 - Foreign Language Study - 461 pages
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Based upon the nineteenth century standard work on the Yoruba language, and first ever English-Yoruba, Yoruba-English dictionary, this new edition has been revised and enlarged considerably. The dictionary contains about 50,000 references and translations; Yoruba pronunciation guidance; examples of how words are used; contemporary meanings and interpretations; and reference to grammatical usage and parts of speech. There is also an extensive list of commonly occurring birds, plants and trees, translated from Yoruba into English alongside their botanical equivalents.

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one of the most used english to yoruba / yoruba to english dictionaries, it is good but has some strong setbacks. first, one has to understand the tone patterns to basically "fill in the blanks" where there are missing tones. doesn't always follow a pattern. and there are some terms with colonial undertones that are not neutral and can be confusing.
but, if you can get this one plus some of the other dictionaries available to use in conjunction with one another then that will be more useful. which reminds us to ask....why haven't they ever made a yoruba to yoruba dictionary just like any other major languages of the world?
 

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