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Title: Our Environment in your Language: People on the Thai/Burma Border Talk to a Dictionary Writer About Their Environment
Contributor(s): Kupczyk-Romanczuk, G (author)
Publication Date: 2002
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Abstract: The dictionary I have been working on is for the Burmese refugees living in camps on the Thai – Burma border. It was originally conceived by an agriculturalist volunteer trying to help them grow or find enough food to feed their families in a new environment. The volunteer soon realised that though the people he was working with had learned some English at school, they were overwhelmed by all the technical terms and jargon in the materials he took with him to the camp. His original idea was a small handbook explaining the meanings of words to do with horticulture, but it soon became clear that issues about soil and water and such-like had to be dealt with in terms of a bigger ecological picture which could take account of the fact that everything in our world is interdependent and in a state of natural balance that we change at our peril. Funding for a dictionary of environmental terms was made available by the German Green Party, via the Heinrich Boell Foundation, and from that tiny beginning five years ago, a significant volume is now nearing completion.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: The Power of Oral History: Memory, Healing and Development, Pietermaritzburg, SA, 23-28 June, 2002
Conference Details: The Power of Oral History: Memory, Healing and Development, Pietermaritzburg, SA, 23-28 June, 2002
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the XIIth (12th) International Oral History Conference, p. 135-144
Publisher: University of Natal
Place of Publication: South Africa
Field of Research (FOR): 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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