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Jakarta Post

Dictionary making: Preserving tradition of 17th century

  • Setiono Sugiharto

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 18 2010   /  12:37 pm

The controversy over the allegedly pirated Alphabetical Thesaurus of the Indonesian Language (ATIL) published by the Language Center has shown no signs of abating. Eko Endarmoko, the compiler of the first-ever written Thesaurus of the Indonesian Language (TIL), has condemned the publication, accusing the Language Center of deliberately copying his thesaurus. In an article written in Kompas daily (Nov. 26), Eko fulminated at the remarks made by the ATIL’s associate editor Sugiyono, who said that there was “no such a trademark for plagiarism in the realm of language study”. The latter then urged the public to further study the theory and tradition of lexicography.This claim is further espoused by the ATIL’s chief managing editor Meity Taqdir, who added that “in lexicography copying is legal as it is a common practice to copy from the available source”.    Implici...