Tools facilitating better use of online dictionaries: Technical aspects of Multidict, Wordlink and Clilstore

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the First Celtic Language Technology Workshop
Place of PublicationDublin, Ireland
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Pages18-27
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Aug 2014

Abstract

The Internet contains a plethora of openly available dictionaries of many kinds, translating between thousands of language pairs. Three tools are described, Multidict, Wordlink and Clilstore, all openly available at multidict.net, which enable these diverse resources to be harnessed, unified, and utilised in ergonomic fashion. They are of particular benefit to intermediate level language learners, but also to re-searchers and learners of all kinds. Multidict facilitates finding and using online dictionaries in hundreds of languages, and enables easy switching between different dictionaries and target languages. It enables the utilization of page-image dictionaries in the Web Archive. Wordlink can link most webpag-es word by word to online dictionaries via Multidict. Clilstore is an open store of language teaching ma-terials utilizing the power of Wordlink and Multidict. The programing and database structures and ide-as behind Multidict, Wordlink and Clilstore are described.

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