The Jamaican Lexicography Project (Jamlex) aims to produce for Jamaican (Creole) an electronic dictionary on historical principles.
The Jamaican Lexicography Project (Jamlex) aims to improve on and update the work of Frederic G. Cassidy, Robert B. Le Page, and other researchers who have documented the lexicon of Jamaicans. The overarching goal of the project is to create a dictionary of Jamaican (possible title: Jamaican National Dictionary) on historical principles. Owing to the lack of resources, the project’s initial phase will be essentially a contrast lexicon, but hopefully as it grows, Jamlex will be able to provide a more complete coverage of the lexicon. Taking advantage of recent trends in the field of lexicography, Jamlex’s output will be chiefly electronic, with print publications being secondary in nature. The route of eletronic publishing offers several advantages, e.g. low or no cost to the end user, and speedy updates, just to name two.
Joseph T. Farquharson
David Kamholz (UC Berkeley)