Thanks to the diligent work by @Russell over the past several months, we now have ready the first, very substantial, update to the Concise Pali English Dictionary.
This involved going through the entries from G–N and checking the old dictionary against the much newer and more reliable Dictionary of Pali (DoP) by Margaret Cone. Changes consist of:
- Correcting mistakes in CPED, both in the entries and the grammar.
- Using the same conventions for grammar as in DoP.
- Adding extra meanings or terms from DoP that are found in the EBTs (non-EBT meanings and words were left out).
This is a very important update. It preserves the portions of the DoP that are of most interest to students of early Buddhism, and makes the ever-useful concise dictionary even more useful.
As for implementation, I would propose the following:
- CPED and NCPED are maintained as separate entities.
- We preferentially use the entries from NCPED instead of CPED.
- CPED becomes the fallback.
In other words, you never see both CPED and NCPED.
Let me know if you think this is reasonable.
I have proofed the text and marked the definitions using the same HTML style as for the recent updates for the PTS dict. This was much easier!
Basically it means that complex entries are marked up as nested lists. One difference between the two is that the PTS formats entries by default as paragraphs, and uses lists only when necessary. This was just a pragmatic choice, by preference it would be all lists. The NCPED, on the other hand, has all entries as lists.
(Incidentally, the classes for the lists are necessary to target them for styling; ideally we could drop them as they just duplicate the list “type”. Somewhat annoyingly, though, this runs into a problem when you have both upper-case and lower-case list types; CSS is case-insensitive so you can’t differentiate type=“A” and type=“a”. If we can find a way around this we can drop the classes for lists in the dicts.)
What needs to be done with this is as follows:
- The spreadsheet needs to be properly HTML-ized (I’ve only done the definitions)
- This includes the grammar; preferably I’d like to do these as with the PTS dict, with abbreviations spelled our, and placed with suitable markup at the start of the entry (This is standard for dictionaries).
- Note that there is some extra information in various columns; I hope this is useful for correctly identifying forms.
- Apply magic.
Here’s Russel’s file with my updates. This includes the non-HTML definitions, for reference only. In addition to the HTML, the updated definitions have various corrected typos and the like, so they should be used going forward and the old ones discarded.
NewConcisePaliEnglishDictionary_G-N.ods.zip (982.5 KB)