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Working together | Community, Project, Dictionary, Linguistic, Draft, Speaker, Linguists, Final | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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The Gooniyandi Dictionary Project is an example of a truly community generated and owned project. The project was initiated at an orthography workshop in 1999, and has just recently reached a final draft stage. The involvement of one Gooniyandi speaker in particular has been crucial to the development of the dictionary. Over the years, three different linguists have worked in close partnership with her. The goal was to maintain a balance between linguistic accuracy and community ownership. The speaker has been well as writing many of them. She also directed the overall development process, drawing feedback through community workshops which she ran with the linguists. The final draft of the dictionary is a functional one, which can be accessed by anyone, and does not require formal linguistic training for its use.