Field and river

20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20)
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

"Regional and Global Ethiopia - Interconnections and Identities"
1-5 October, 2018

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Pietro LIUZZO, Universität Hamburg, Germany

Alessandro Bausi, Andreas Ellwardt and many other contributors had been working for year on a digitized version of the Lexicon Linguae Aethiopicae by Augustus Dillmann. This was also available as a navigable website hosting PDF of the pages of the 1865 edition, in Ran Ha-Cohen ( We have now produced a fully editable version of the lexicon in TEI, available at . This digital edition has several features which make it an easily usable resource both for human end users and other applications. In this presentation I would like to present this resource, with its current capabilities and potential for further development. Firstly a demo will be given of the website features for the end users. Secondly the advantages of this TEI encoded digital edition of the dictionary powering the application will be presented. Also the already implemented automatic enrichment provided from the Beta maṣāḥǝft Corpus of texts and other external resource will be showcased. Thirdly the importance of the encoding to support the search and navigation functionality will be described with examples of automatic, assisted and hand encoding. Main aim of the paper is to set this Digital edition of the Lexicon Linguae Aethiopicae in the largest possible interconnection with other digital resources, for which it can constitute a rich base of data to be analysed and not only a website for end users.