My Dictionary-Making History

Foundation Operation X for languages, cultures and perspectives

Written by Dyami Millarson

It must have been in 2009 when I made a glossary of Dutch in Excel – I was between 14 and 15 years old back then. I included countless words in this glossary and I indicated to which part of speech each word belongs. This trained me in the recognition of parts of speech; after analysing thousands of words, recognising parts of speech became second nature to me. In other words, my practice with Dutch made the skill of recognising parts of speech intuitive for me, and that is always the level of mastery I wish to reach whenever I learn a new skill. 2009 was really the time when I was familiarising myself with grammar; parts of speech were not my only interest, as I was also interested in morphology, such as all the grammatical cases that exist in human languages. Prior to 2009, I…

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