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New Krio-English Dictionary

7 May 2007 at 06:45 | 774 views

A Sierra Leonean academic and respected linguist, Dr.Abou Bai-Sheka has written a new Krio-English dictionary which was recently published by Morris Publishing in Kearney, United States of America.

Dr.Bai-Sheka (photo)is a former French and Linguistics lecturer and Acting Head of the Department of Modern Languages at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He now lives in Coquitlam, British Columbia,Canada, with his family. He hails from Gbinti in the Port Loko district of Sierra Leone and holds two PhD degrees, one in French Language and Literature and the other in Linguistics from L’Universite Stendhal de Grenoble-3 in Grenoble, France.

A product of the Bo school in the southern province of Sierra Leone, Bai-Sheka was the Resident Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Exchange Students Program in Sierra Leone and was a Fulbright Scholar at the same university. He was also Visiting Assistant Professor in French at Western Washington University, Bellingham, USA.

Bai-Sheka stated in the dictionary’s foreword that the purpose of the text is to meet the need for a modern, practical dictionary for use in Sierra Leone by Sierra Leoneans who wish to learn about the Lingua Franca of their country (Krio).

It has been written specifically for English-speaking learners of Krio and native Krio speakers who, he said, need guidance in matters related to the standardized orthography,spelling, idiomatic usage, proverbs, sentence structure etc. It is also meant for speakers of other languages who are trying to improve their present knowledge of Krio or who are just beginning to learn it.

"This dictionary provides a valuable work of reference on correct orthography and standard usage. An important feature is the inclusion and standardization of many of the most recent loan words in Krio...", Bai-Sheka wrote.

The 250-page dictionary is currently available at a price of 30 Canadian dollars from the publishers or Dr.Bai-Sheka himself( or from the editor of this newspaper, the Patriotic Vanguard(