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INTELITERM: In search of efficient terminology lookup tools for translators

Gloria Corpas Pastor and Isabel Durán-Muñoz

Abstract

There is currently a pressing need to develop specific applications for translators as final users, with the purpose of fulfilling their particular professional requirements. Corpora and advanced lookup options bring benefits to translation and open up a wealth of opportunities in research. This paper presents Inteliterm, an innovative lexicographic resource which combines corpus management tools with different types of searches and customisation options in order to enhance translation results and minimise translators’ efforts when searching for terminology. Section 1 provides a brief foreground glimpse of the project rationale. Section 2 delves into the comprehension assistants developed in the 90’s as a first step towards present-day intelligent dictionaries. Section 3 provides the theoretical foundation of the novel tool Inteliterm. Beside its proactive translation support functions, this web application also provides a TBX (TermBase eXchange) termbase editor, which allows users to create, edit or upload terminological databases in the standard-format TBX (ISO 30042: 2008) and to query their own databases using the Inteliterm tool. Users’ responses and assessment of the tool are also provided in Section 4. Finally, Section 5 includes some concluding remarks with suggestions for further improvements.

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