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Senegal: dictionary

The launch on 29 December of a dictionary in the Gusilay language in preparation for a Bible translation, was greeted with joy by one Gusilay speaker, noting ‘you can’t eat with someone else’s language and be satisfied’.

Wycliffe Bible Translators

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The dictionary, featuring 9,000 words, is the first time that the language has been extensively collected, written down, analysed and published. David and Janet Wilkinson spearheaded the language work among the Gusilay. David said: ‘Bible translation is a long process with lots of steps along the way. Although it’s unusual for a dictionary to be completed before translation even begins, in this case it has proved a vital initial stage.’