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Kerry Jones Shares the Story of Her Award Winning Book, Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary

Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture DictionaryKerry Jones, co-author of Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary, was recently interviewed about the book by Ilse Salzwedel on RSG.

Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary recently won a 2015 ATKV-Woordveertjie for best dictionary.

Jones tells the story of how she came to write this book. She is trained as a linguist, and started learning the Ju|’hoan language when she shadowed a anthropologist who is fluent in the language, because she wanted to learn how to appropriately interact with people in minority groups.

As a linguist, Jones couldn’t help herself and soon started making a word list of the interesting language of the people she was living with. Because she is not Afrikaans, finding a lingua franca in order to translate the words was difficult, so the people showed her by means of pictures. “It became obvious” she said “that the book needed to include images”.

Listen to the podcast (interview begins at 27:18 – mixes English and Afrikaans):


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