A new Sundanese dictionary has been compiled.
Compiled by Raden Alla Danadibrata and containing forty thousand entries the Sundanese dictionary was released on the 18th of January, after a wait of fifty-seven years.
According to the President of Padjadjaran University in Bandung, Himendra Wargahadibrata, who is also chief of the team of editors, Danadibrata took forty years (1930-1970) to compile the dictionary but it was not published. After he died in 1987 a team from Padjadjaran continued with the work. Said Himendra: tempo
Three days before he died, Danadibrata handed the manuscript over to me.
The dictionary has 2,000 pages. The entries consist of root words, reduplications, and combined words, with an extensive range of meaning: spoken language, street language, polite language, dialects and slang.
The Danadibrata dictionary is considered more complete than the previous works, "A Dictionary of the Sunda Language of Java" by Jonathan Rigg (1862) which had 9,300 entries, and the "Kamus Basa Sunda" by R. Satjadibrata (1948) with eighteen thousand entries. In 2003, R.R. Hardjadibrata published the "Sundanese-English Dictionary" with 22,500 entries.