Multilingual definitions on Google

Google will now do define: operations on words in other languages than English. As an example, check this result for “rough” which has various meanings in other languages than English, especially as part of the international vocabulary of golf. However, as one of the simplified Chinese sites returned shows, you don’t always get the results in the presumed language of the site – it could be an English word list hosted on that site. Thanks to Danny “The Search Engine” Sullivan for this news.

Andrew Joscelyne
European, a language technology industry watcher since Electric Word was first published, sometime journalist, consultant, market analyst and animateur of projects. Interested in technologies for augmenting human intellectual endeavour, multilingual méssage, the history of language machines, the future of translation, and the life of the digital mindset.

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