ULTRALINGUA is a single-click and drag-and-drop multilingual
translation dictionary , thesaurus, and language reference utility.
The full suite of
Ultralingua language tools is available free online
without the need for download and installation. As well as its online
products, the developer offers premium downloadable language software
with extended features and content for
* 1 Features * 2 History * 3 Available dictionaries * 4 Evaluation and Criticism (v 6.0) * 5 Platforms (current releases) * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links
In addition to the main user interface of the electronic dictionary , a ‘hotkey ’ feature allows the user to click on a word in any program that uses editable text including web browsers and PDF documents, and source code . When a word is clicked, the translation or definition is displayed in a small pop-up window. The hotkey tool does not require previous launching of the software application. The word stemming function allows searches from inflected forms of a word into the root word, such as in French, (allez → aller) with further extension by lemmatisation . Full verb conjugation in all tenses, and number conversion from digits to text in the available languages (e.g. "123" → "one hundred twenty-three"), are available through the program interface, as well as free access to online examples of language in use, and a discussion forum moderated by linguists and lexicographers.
The search algorithms are tolerant of capitalisation, minor
misspelling, and omitted accents and diacritics . Extensive lexical
information is provided including irregular plurals, irregular verb
forms, phrases and examples of use,
An integrated learning tool provides a full screen flashcard feature that can work with the words in the language databases, and user-added definitions.
The concept of the
Ultralingua dictionary software began in 1996 when
a small group of professors from
The dictionary program was first developed for the Apple Macintosh only. It was launched as freeware in 1997 under the name of Le Francophile and distributed mainly on the cover floppy discs of Mac magazines. It was commercialised in 1999 as shareware as a fully functional application that could be obtained online from download sites. By the year 2000, with the collaboration of additional specialists in lexicography and linguistics, the product range had expanded to include language modules for Spanish and German, and was released for Windows . A French-German module was added in 2002.
Concurrent with the opening of the Apple App Store in 2008, the language tools were launched for the iPhone . The major languages and features of the dictionary program have been offered free online since 2005 and take into account all the improvements of regular releases. By 2009 the software package was offering 17 dictionaries and additional language tools for widely spoken world languages.
Version 7.1.4 (Mac) and version 188.8.131.52 (Windows), released in the
fall of 2008 and May 2009 respectively, incorporated a completely
Though many people have been involved in the development of
Ultralingua's code and data, the founders and main contributors to its
development are the Chair Professors of Carleton's Linguistics and
Computer Science departments. Elements of
Ultralingua software have
been developed in collaboration with
From its own in-house lexicographers the software provides proprietary bilingual dictionary modules for French-English, Spanish-English, German-English, Italian-English, Portuguese-English, Norwegian-English, French-Spanish, French-Italian, French-German, Spanish-German, Spanish-Portuguese, Esperanto-English, Latin-English, and English and French monolingual dictionaries and thesauri.
As well as its own language data sets, third-party modules include an
English-French medical dictionary licensed from Masson , the French
PLATFORMS (CURRENT RELEASES)
Mac OS X,10.3.+ ; Windows 2000, NT, XP, Vista, Windows 7; Windows Mobile; Palm OS; Pocket PC; Smartphone; iPhone; Symbian
Centre for Lexicography
DICT , the dictionary server protocol
* ^ https://www.calico.org/p-383-Ultralingua%20(012008).html CALICO (4,500 words)