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

  • R Lew
  • M Grzelak
  • M 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.

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


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eISSN: 2224-0039
print ISSN: 1684-4904