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Search by Fuzzy Inference in a Children's Dictionary


Computer Assisted Language Learning Volume 18, Number 3, ISSN 0958-8221


This research aims at promoting the usage of an online children's dictionary within a context of reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition. Inspired by document retrieval approaches developed in the area of information retrieval (IR) research, we adapt a particular IR strategy, based on fuzzy logic, to a search in the electronic dictionary. From an unknown word, searched for by a learner, our proposed fuzzy inference process makes it possible to retrieve relevant lexical information from any entry of the dictionary. Furthermore, it organises this information in the form of semantic maps of an adaptable size surrounding the query word. Manual construction of such semantic maps are seen as being effective for helping learners in vocabulary acquisition and reading comprehension tasks. Our research leads to a capability for building them automatically. Using concrete examples, we provide details of the calculation for the construction of semantic maps as well as for the retrieval of information. We introduce a software component which could be integrated in a computer assisted language learning (CALL) environment to promote vocabulary acquisition in L1.


St-Jacques, C. & Barriere, C. (2005). Search by Fuzzy Inference in a Children's Dictionary. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 18(3), 193-215. Retrieved January 27, 2023 from .

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