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Building MultiTerm Termbases

Building MultiTerm Termbases

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MLTM03 Language Technology I
Week 4:
Building MultiTerm 2009 termbases
 MultiTerm 2009 is a powerful multilingual terminology management application developedby SDL Trados and sold as part of its Studio 2009 CAT (Computer-Assisted Translation)system. In addition to terms and their translations into one or more languages, MultiTermallows you to add different types of descriptive fields, including graphics (a photo or diagramof the object) and even video clips. MultiTerm is the package that you will use for the groupassignment in this module, as well as for your second Terminology Acquisition Project (TAP)in Advanced Translation.
In this week’s session you will first explore the MultiTerm interface
[NB: Multi
erm has a capital
in the middle: it is important to spell application namesaccurately]. In Part 2 you will learn how to build a new termbase, and in Part 3 how toimport data from an Excel spreadsheet. Finally, in Part 4, you will export your data again indifferent formats
this is a good data security measure, and a habit you should acquire.
Part 1: MultiTerm interface
Make a
folder on
and download the
MultiTerm 2009 Sample Termbase
 into it from the Week 4 folder on Blackboard.2.
Run MultiTerm, click the
Termbase > Open Termbase…
menu, in the
Termbasesdialog browse to the location of the sample termbase,
and select its ‘friendly name’ of 
SDL Sample 2009
, then click
If the terms list does not start with
as above, ensure that the indexes are set withEnglish first (also select
Flags layout
Select the
Help > Help Topics
menu and expand the
Getting Started Tutorials
Click the
button in the lower left corner and note that you can choose to viewonline or local Help (online is best because it is likely to be most up to date). Youshould aim to work through the Tutorials before next week, but for the moment youmay prefer just to follow the demonstration.
Part 2: Building a new termbase
Now that you have had a chance to explore the MultiTerm 2009 interface and started tounderstand the types of data the program can contain, we will see how to create a newtermbase. First, though, a reminder of some basic principles. MultiTerm is a
concept-oriented termbase
, which means that each
contains data (source and target terms andinformation about them) which relates to a single concept. There is a crucial distinctionbetween
index fields
(the different languages contained in the TB) and
descriptive fields
 (such as Part of Speech, Gender, Definition etc.) which give information about the term.Finally, there is a
of locations in which descriptive fields can be placed within anentry. Information relating to the whole entry (such as a photo of the object it describes) isplaced an
Entry level
(the photo applies equally to all the languages). Information specific toa given language goes at
level, and information about the actual term in a givenlanguage goes at
level. When you make a new TB you not only specify the name of 
each descriptive field, but also the level at which it will be placed. Before closing the sampletermbase, browse to an entry containing a
. At which level is the definition? Whateffect does this have? Why has it been placed there? Now close the sample termbase.1.
Termbase > Create Termbase…
, give your new TB a name (e.g.
), selectyour
folder and click
. This launches the
Termbase Wizard
; readthrough the 5 steps, then click
In the
Termbase Definition
step we will create a new definition from scratch (thedefault option), but note the other choices which can save time if you have existingresources to use. You will come across the
termbase definition file
later in the class:when you export a TB in XML format, its structure is saved as a text-only definitionfile. Click
Termbase Name
step requires you to create a ‘Friendly Name’ and gives you the
opportunity to add some further descriptive information, including if you wish aCopyright statement. The
Add more…
button lets you change the default icon, etc.When you are ready, click
In the
Index Fields
step you set the languages that your TB will contain. Check the
Show sublanguages
option as this will allow you to select specific national varieties(e.g. US or UK English), as well as showing the appropriate flag (except, for politicalreasons, in some cases including Chinese). Select your SL, click the
button toadd it to the list, the do the same for your TL. Click on each of your
Selected index
fields and note the default
Index field label
which appears: you can edit this if youwish. When you are ready, click
In step 4 you decide which descriptive fields to include in your TB. For the moment,we will keep it simple. In the
Field label
box, type
, click the
buttonto add it to the list, and type a short description in the
Description (optional):
Click the
button and note that a small
dialog pops up:7.
Open the
Data type:
drop-down menu and note the different options you can selectto identify the type of data the descriptive field will contain. The default (
) is OKfor our Definition field. If you were inserting a graphic, sound file or video, however,it would be important to select
Multimedia File
Repeat instructions 5 and 6 to create a field called
and another one called
with the description
Part of speech
Since there only a small number of possible parts of speech, we will set up a
 (a drop-down list of selectable items) for this field. In addition to saving time, a

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