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Bridge dictionaries as bridges between languages

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Abstract

Bridge dictionaries are a new sort of dictionary for learners of English. They are based on the monolingual Cobuild learners' dictionaries, and they are partly translated &#8211; they contain translated definitions and translation equivalents. This paper shows the possible ways of exploiting Bridge dictionaries for creating new bilingual or multilingual dictionaries.<br />One possible way is to extract corresponding translation equivalents, edit them, and make a new printed dictionary. As both sides of such a dictionary were originally created as translations from English, the dictionary requires quite a lot of lexicographic work.<br />Another possibility is to create an electronic version of the dictionary &#8220;as is&#8221;. For this purpose, it is necessary to convert the dictionary first into SGML format and define its DTD. This format can then serve as a standard for future Bridge dictionaries and adding new language modules to existing dictionaries would be quite easy.

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