How dictionary users choose senses in bilingual dictionary entries: An eye-tracking study

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We use modern eye-tracking technology to scrutinize the process of sense and equivalent selection in polysemous bilingual entries. Our study subjects, intermediate and advanced Polish learners of English, consulted 26 Polish-to-English dictionary pages prompted with a sentence translation task. Throughout the task, an eye-tracking device unobtrusively recorded their gaze patterns, which are analyzed and discussed. Both successful and unsuccessful searches are examined. Also, we assess the potential of eye-tracking technology in the study of dictionary use.

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eye-tracking, bilingual dictionary, entry navigation, inner access, microstructure, polysemous entries, sense indication, English language, Polish learners

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Lew, R., M. Grzelak and M. Leszkowicz. 2013. 'How dictionary users choose senses in bilingual dictionary entries: An eye-tracking study'. Lexikos 23: 228–254.

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Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Biblioteka Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Ministerstwo Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego