A Concise Dictionary of the
Bini People of Southern Nigeria
Hans Melzian

The book has been digitized. The digitized version has been thoroughly checked. What remains to be done are the packaging into a masterfile from which other formats can be generated (ex. html, epub, database) and a better presentation.

pdf file containing a scan of the whole book

Title pages

Pages i-iv.


Pages v-xv.


Page xvi.


Pages xvii-xviii.


Pages 1-233.


The digitized dictionary uses UNICODE characters coded in UTF-8. Not all browsers can display the UNICODE characters in the dictionary correctly. In particular the UNICODE characters for the tone markers are incorrectly displayed in most browsers.

The following picture shows the correct display (Firefox browser on Android) for some words (page-049-L):

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There are apparently no UNICODE characters for the arrows in the dictionary that indicate a shift in tone-level. An arrow starts at one tone-level and ends at another. There are five tone-levels. An arrow then can be represented by a couple (n-m) where n and m are numbers from 1 to 5. In the picture above there is a (2-1) arrow: a shift from the second lowest tone to the lowest tone. The most frequent arrows are (1-5) and (5-1). These are represented by the characters / and \ respectively.

Last update: 11-09-2018