Reversing a One-Way Bilingual Dictionary

AuthorLeonard Newmark
TitleReversing a One-Way Bilingual Dictionary
AbstractIn 1996, I completed a 10-year project to compile an Albanian-English dictionary of some 75,000 entries and sub-entries. With that project completed, I decided to prepare a companion English-Albanian dictionary, but I did not want to devote another 10 years to that compilation. Instead, I wanted to see how far purely computational techniques would go in converting my dictionary into its derived reverse. This paper is a report on the degree to which the attempt succeeded and the degree to which human intervention was required. Examples are provided to illustrate some rather surprising results, and a general conclusion is drawn for bilingual lexicography.
SessionPART 5 - Bilingual Lexicography
author = {Leonard Newmark},
title = {Reversing a One-Way Bilingual Dictionary},
pages = {405-410},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 8th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1998},
month = {aug},
date = {4-8},
address = {Liège, Belgium},
editor = {Thierry Fontenelle, Philippe Hiligsmann, Archibald Michiels, André Moulin, Siegfried Theissen},
publisher = {Euralex},
isbn = {2-87233-091-7},