This newsletter introduces 2 new members of DLS and solicits your wishes and desires for Webonary 2.0.
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SIL International ֍ September 2019


Marlene Ferguson

David Midkiff

Marlene Ferguson received her M.A. in Languages (Interpreting and Translating), with French and Spanish, at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh in 2006.  After initial linguistics training with SIL, she worked for two years making illustrated dictionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo and then completed a PG Diploma in Mission studies at Belfast Bible College. She then joined the Church Engagement team for Wycliffe UK, based in Belfast, N. Ireland, where her husband, Ricky, is the team leader. She joined DLS in September 2019 as a Lexicography Technician.
David Midkiff has a B.A. in International Affairs and is gradually working on an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. After serving in the U.S. military as an aircraft electrician, he worked as a Refugee Resettlement Case Manager and then joined SIL in 2012. David worked as a translator and lexicographer with the Middle Kodut people of Papua New Guinea from 2014-2019. He joined DLS as a Lexical Data Conversion Specialist in September 2019. He has been married to Shelly, a fantastic literacy educator, for nine years and has three rambunctious young daughters.

Webonary 2.0 Wishlist has been and still is serving us well for online publication of lexical materials. However, it is time to start dreaming about Webonary 2.0 and getting the requirements down on paper. To that end, I have created a Google document, Wish list for Webonary 2.0, and invite you to list in it the things you and the language community you work with wish Webonary could do.

ALT 2019

I had the opportunity to attend the 13th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology at the University of Pavia, Italy on 4-6 September 2019 and was able to introduce many people to the resources and products SIL International makes available for language work.

Online training materials for
Dictionary-making and Lexicography

DLS has begun developing an online course to teach Dictionary-making and Lexicography principles. Fieldworks and are the featured applications for the training materials. Currently, there are five lessons on the Cornerstone Pilot site. If you can log in to, go to Browse...Browse for Training on the menu; then look for the lessons: Restoring and Opening a FLEx database, History of Lexicography & Dictionaries, What is a dictionary?, Best Practices for Lexicography, and Layout of FLEx.

If you have ideas for resources that would be helpful, or if you have time to volunteer your help, please send an email to

Uploading to

It is relatively easy to publish on if your lexical data is in FieldWorks Language Explorer (FLEx) version 8.3 or later. On the File menu in FLEx, there is an item named Upload to Webonary. Fill in the appropriate information and press Submit. Webonary will send you an email when the data is finished uploading.

If you would like to publish a dictionary on, please fill out this application form. If you already have your dictionary on, but it has not been made public, please send me an email,

If you are using an older program like Toolbox or software that is not designed specifically for lexicography and you need help converting and importing your lexical data into FLEx, please fill out this application form.

Dictionary Publishing Updates

Currently, there are 185 dictionaries from 47 countries published on

DLS has published 14 dictionary apps in the DLS Google Play Store store using the label Webonary-SIL.
Latest stable version: FieldWorks 8.3.12
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