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TWO ENGLISH-IRISH INDICES TO THE DICTIONARY OF THE IRISH LANGUAGE

History of the project.

Although the Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of the Irish Language (DIL) has been a marvellous research tool, it has also proven to be an extremely frustrating one for lack of an English-Irish index. Two projects were initiated to remedy this situation: one is the electronic version of the DIL which is now available on line at www.dil.ie and permits one to search the dictionary for the words in English or Irish. The second project was less ambitious but did require the preparation of an English-Irish checklist as part of a much larger research programme on “The Celtic Languages and Cultural Identity: A Multidisciplinary Synthesis”. This project is co-directed by John Koch, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, and J. P. Mallory, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast. The Arts and Humanities Research Board provided funding for a four year multi-disciplinary programme of research projects, including some assistance in preparing an English index to the Dictionary of the Irish Language.  The project was undertaken with the kind permission of the Royal Irish Academy (www.ria.ie).

The initial inputting was undertaken by Caroline an der Wiel (A-F1) in Aberystwyth and this was then continued by Elisabeth Thomas (F2-R), Grainne Nic Cheallaigh (O) and Fintan and J P Mallory (S-U) in Belfast.  The preparation of the data in the form of a semantic field index is currently underway and will be updated on a monthly basis until completed.