n Language Matters : Studies in the Languages of Southern Africa - The value of oral corpus annotation for improving the acceptability of technical terminology in Zulu

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-5986



This article explores the ways in which oral sources (obtained through questionnaire-related interviews) can be used as a resource for improving the acceptability of Zulu medical terminology by providing a type of corpus annotation (analysis). This oral corpus annotation is based on some recognised tendencies in the comparison of the written and spoken corpora, and can throw some light on the terms that are actually being used in the practical environment, some of which are more popular and accurate than the standardised ones. Five of these tendencies are examined namely <I>indigenous coinage, accurate designation, phonological adaptational trends, semantic shift&lt;/I&gt; and <I>taboo preference</I>.

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