How Dictionary Users Choose Senses in Bilingual Dictionary Entries: An Eye-Tracking Study

Robert Lew, Marcin Grzelak, Mateusz Leszkowicz


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.


eye tracking, bilingual dictionary, entry navigation, inner access, microstructure, polysemous entries, sense indication, english lan­guage, polish learners

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ISSN 2224-0039 (online); ISSN 1684-4904 (print)

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