Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session




This thesis is a study in lexicography in the form of a bilingual medical dictionary, containing approximately 1,500 entries. The methodology followed in this study was mainly first-hand field work in conjunction with native speakers of Khmer in the country of Cambodia for a period of over one year (including several months in Thailand), eliciting glosses and compiling definitions in the Cambodian (Khmer) language of English medical terms to be studied by Cambodian nursing students. The thesis also includes in introduction and conclusion presenting, defending, and evaluating facets of the project and the finished work, as an aid to other researchers compiling technical bilingual dictionaries, and describing briefly the Khmer language and its complex Sanskrit-based writing system.

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