I am making a bilingual Pohnpeian-English dictionary using XeLaTeX and I am trying to find a way to generate an English finderlist. So far I have the Pohnpeian to English section coded like this

\entry[headword]{headword}{English definition}

Here are actual examples

\entry[kang]{kang}{eat.} \entry[mwenge]{mwenge}{eat.} \entry[soai]{soai}{1. tale, story. 2. to tell a tale or bedtime story. See \textbf{soia}.} \entry[soaia]{soaia}{ to relay, to tell a story. See \textbf{soai}.}

I have it set for that code to generate a nicely formatted dictionary entry. The English finderlist section is a simplified English to Pohnpeian section with a single English headword followed by all the Pohnpeian words that means that word and their page numbers.

The output for the finderlist that I'm looking for is this:

eat kang 30, mwenge 41

relay soaia 56

story soai 56; tell a ~ soaia 56

tale soai 56

The numbers after each Pohnpeian word would be the page number. If the entries have the same English gloss they are separated by a comma (kang, mwenge). If the entries have a modified but related headword (tell a ~) they are separated by semicolons. Is there a way to make the finderlist by including some sort of reference in the Pohnpeian-English section like \gls and then automatically generating the finderlist with the above format, similar to the way an index/glossary is generated in LaTeX? The subentry part (as with story) is what I am having particular trouble figuring out.

  • If there are more subentries in Pohnpeian language (e.g. kang, mwenge), do you wish to have English sorting or Pohnpeian sorting (a e i o oa u h k l m mw n ng p pw r s d t w)?
    – Malipivo
    May 17, 2014 at 8:25
  • 1
    For the Pohnpeian subentries, I want to have Pohnpeian sorting.
    – Brad
    May 17, 2014 at 22:10


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