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Igorot Dictionary: Redefining the Igorot vocabulary

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Learn the Igorot vocabulary, one word at a time.

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Introduction

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The Cordillera region harbors many dialects that may differ from one province to another. Are you fluent in your mother tongue? How many dialects can you understand or speak?

Learning to speak in the mother tongue is very important for a child's overall development. Being fluent in the mother tongue, which is also known as the native language, benefits the child in many ways. It connects him to his culture, ensures better cognitive development, and aids in the learning of other languages.

ParentCircle

Read: Teach Kids Importance Of Mother Tongue

Even The Department of Education (DepEd) thumbs up to this.

Researchers have proven even during our education with the Thomasites that the child’s first language really facilitates learning, as emphasized by Dr. Monroe, that we should be educated in our mother tongue. This gave birth to the Iloilo experiment and the result of that study was very remarkable.

Ms. Rosalina Villaneza, Chief of Teaching and Learning Division of DepEd.

Read: Mother Tongue-based learning makes lessons more interactive and easier for students

And if I may be so bold, it's a shame not to know our own dialects. We need to understand our dialects better than anyone else. We came up with a solution, an online Igorot dictionary. Let's jump right into it.

How it works

The Igorotage dictionary is pretty much straight forward and it doesn't require much technical skills.

Browsing

Browsing word definitions made easy.

Main pages

  • Dictionary. Basically the home page for this feature.
  • Popular. A generated list of word meanings sorted base on an algorithm.
  • Latest. A generated list of word meanings sorted on a reversed chronological order.
  • Contributions. A page containing a list of all words you defined.
  • Define. This is the page you're looking for when you want to define a word.
  • Search. Of course, a page where you can search for word meanings.

Definition pages

  • Parents. These are dynamic pages that include all definitions of a certain word from different authors.
  • Children. These are dynamic pages that include only a single definition of a certain word from different authors.

Defining a word

Alright, so you now have a grasp on how to navigate the dictionary. You're now probably ready to define your first Igorot word. Open up the define page.

Fields

We've categorized these fields base on their importance. The basics and the advance.

Basic

You are required to fill up these fields.

  • Word. The word you wish to define. It could be phrase.
  • Part of Speech. Which "parts of speech" or "word classes" should this word be categorized? We're talking about nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. here.
  • Meaning. Here we go, the definition or translation of the word or phrase. To make things better, keep it short and simple. You know, understandable by a 13 year old kid? Well, it's up to you.
  • Dialect-language. Select which Igorot dialect or language does your definition should be categorized. You can select all possible category. When unsure, select the "general" category. We actually need help on this one.

Advance

These fields are optional but will make the definition more meaningful and more understandble.

  • Example. Example or examples using the word or phrase.
  • Tags. Add tags related to the word separated by comma.

Now that you filled all required fields, you can now press the "submit" button. As mentioned earlier, you can find all your posts on the contributions page. Each post has options such as "editing", "deleting", and "sharing". Just click the ellipsis button ().

Voting

Eventually, authors may have different definitions for a certain word or phrase. In order for us to show the most accepted definition of a word, we incorporated a system that ranks definitions base on users' votes.

  • Up Vote. () If you believe the definition is acceptable, give it an "up" vote.
  • Down Vote. () If you disagree to the definition, give it a "down" vote.

Commenting

You can share your thoughts by leaving a comment to a word definition. You can also mention @someone and use #hashtags if needed.

Notifications

You'll be notified when someone upvoted your definition or left a comment. Please be adviced that you will not be notified when someone downvote your definition.

Wrapping up

What now? Are you ready to share the Igorot vocabulary to the world? No one else will. Create your Igorotage account now or sign in.

Disclaimer: This online dictionary is user generated and shouldn't be considered as the official Igorot language(s) and/or dialects.

Beta! This feature is still on it's development phase.

If you think you've found an issue or have any question, please contact us or visit the Help Center. We are open to suggestions and new ideas to improve this community.


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