The project examines new variations of interactive lexicographical arrangements.
One of the innovations brought along by online dictionaries was the elimination of alphabetical organization needed for orientation in a vocabulary. Although this was a positive development, it has not constituted a change in the manner in which we use dictionaries. The standard online dictionary does not allow the users to browse, but instead forces them to look for a specific word.
The goal is to find a visual and technological solution that will allow the user to experience and internalize the structure of a new vocabulary through their senses rather than memorizing it.
LangWidgets are based on psycholinguistic theories, some of which are outlined in WordNet, an ongoing Princeton University lexicographical project.
WordNet is a large database of words grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms, and maps of conceptual relations between words, similar to the way they are reticulated in our mind.
The suggested interface involves a set of physical interactive widgets and a GUI. It allows the user to search for a specific word and browse through its semantic field, synthesizing the user’s verbal cognition and spatial orientation.
• LangWidgets’ first prototype was developed at the Interaction Lab at HIT Holon.
• For this project I received the Sandberg Research Grant Award, by The Israel Museum Jerusalem.