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LOCOLEX: Translation Rolls off Your Tongue.

Frederique Segond, Daniel Bauer, Annie Zaenen
One of the greatest impediments to efficient understanding of foreign texts, that affects readers more or less in all levels of language comprehension skills, is the appearance of an unfamiliar word or phrase, and the subsequent manual searching in a hard-copy bilingual dictionary. Every language learner and every scholar has experienced the frustration of putting aside their primary task of understanding the text being read in order to attack the secondary task of deciphering an unknown word. Depending on the presentation of the dictionary and the ambiguity of the word, this decipherment can last for minutes as the reader finds the appropriate page and heading and then plows through subheadings. While this universal experience will remain as long as bilingual dictionaries are only available as paper books, a number of computer-based solutions to expedite this reading problem are available today for certain languages. We present here an intelligent reading aid, LOCOLEX, that has been implemented incorporating a machine-readable bilingual dictionary and state-of-the-art linguistic technology.
ACH-ALLC 95, Santa Barbara, USA, July 1995.