Paper: A Multi-Purpose Interface To An On-Line Dictionary

ACL ID E87-1011
Title A Multi-Purpose Interface To An On-Line Dictionary
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1987

We argue that there are two qualitatively different modes of using a machine-readable dictionary in the context of research in computational linguistics: batch processing of the source with the purpose of collating information for subsequent use by a natural language application, and placing the dictionary on-line in an environment which supports fast interactive access to data selected on the basis of a number of linguistic constraints. While it is the former mode of dictionary use which is characteristic of most computational lin- guistics work to date, it is the latter which has the potential of making maximal use of the information typically found in a machine-readable dictionary. We describe the mounting of the machine-readable source of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English ...