The Funny Mirror of Language: The Process of Reversing the English-Slovenian Dictionary to Build the Framework for Compiling the New Slovenian-English Dictionary

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Page535-542
AuthorSimon Krek, Mojca Šorli, Polonca Kocjančič
TitleThe Funny Mirror of Language: The Process of Reversing the English-Slovenian Dictionary to Build the Framework for Compiling the New Slovenian-English Dictionary
AbstractThe article describes the process of reversing the English-Slovenian dictionary database in XML format to create the framework for compiling the Slovenian-English dictionary. The aim was to maximize the abundance of information in an extensive dictionary database with a complex and detailed structure. The process involved lemmatization and POS-tagging of both source and target languages, construction of routines to form the preliminary list of possible headwords and their translation equivalents, as well as routines which enabled the grouping of numerous dictionary examples available in the original dictionary under the appropriate translation equivalent. The result is the reversed dictionary database in XML format with the DTD and XSL file to control the layout for viewing the database in Internet browsers or other XML-aware-dictionary-editors. The article presents the process of reversing the dictionary and the features of the final database. It also reflects on the linguistic issues concerning the fact that the database represents only the mirror image of the English-Slovenian contrastive relation and argues that the contrastively undistorted lexical information from a monolingual Slovenian reference corpus has to be taken into consideration when compiling the new Slovenian-English dictionary.
Session2. The Dictionary-Making Process
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@InProceedings{ELX08-039,
author = {Simon Krek, Mojca Šorli, Polonca Kocjančič},
title = {The Funny Mirror of Language: The Process of Reversing the English-Slovenian Dictionary to Build the Framework for Compiling the New Slovenian-English Dictionary},
pages = {535-542},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 13th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2008},
month = {jul},
date = {15-19},
address = {Barcelona, Spain},
editor = {Elisenda Bernal, Janet DeCesaris},
publisher = {Institut Universitari de Linguistica Aplicada, Universitat Pompeu Fabra},
isbn = {978-84-96742-67-3},
}
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