Looking up translations in a parallel corpus
Sketch Engine can handle parallel corpora and multilingual corpora to compare different languages or to look up translation examples.
Why parallel and multilingual corpora?
Parallel and multilingual corpora can be used by translators to look up how other translators have already translated a word or phrase but also by linguists to look into the behaviour of the same phrase or word in different languages.
How search a parallel / multilingual corpus?
A parallel corpus in Sketch Engine consists of as many monolingual corpora as there are languages in the corpus.
- log in to Sketch Engine (or click Home)
- click Parallel
- select the first language
you will select the second language during searching
Searching and the available options are the same as with monolingual concordance search. The difference is that you can also specify search criteria for the second language.
For example: find all sentences in English where jam is NOT translated as mermelada into Spanish.
The result will look like this. Sketch Engine will even try to identify and highlight the translation candidates. (click to enlarge)