SANTIAGO DE CUBA._ Specialists from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) are preparing the first acoustic dictionary for the visually impaired in Cuba, which will be a useful tool for broadening their horizons.

 Specialists from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) are preparing the first acoustic dictionary for the visually impaired in Cuba, which will be a useful tool for broadening their horizons.The institution’s director, Leonel Ruiz, hopes that the volume will be completed next July after a complex development process that involves the recording of more than 12,000 words and entries by local radio broadcasters.

He commented that the work was well underway and that to the very best of his knowledge, there are very few, if any, dictionaries of this type in Latin America or the Caribbean.

Ruiz referred to the attention paid to word spelling, the quality control checks that each step is subjected to and the added value that the book will have given its expected use by persons of advanced age.

He highlighted the involvement of young people in the project which will compliment the Basic School Dictionary and many other Spanish learning and language development texts, including those for foreign language students, as a CAL product leader.

This worthy endeavor is being led by a founder of the center, Dr. Vitelio Ruiz, also a member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences who has been blind himself for decades.

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