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Hypermedia Multimodal Text Annotation

projects-hypermedia.jpgProject Director: Dr. Robert Ariew (U. Arizona) [In collaboration with CMES and Department of French and Italian]

Description: This project will annotate different types of texts with multimedia hyperlinks (hypermedia) to facilitate linguistic as well as cultural comprehension of reading texts for language learners. Hypermedia can clarify, explain and illustrate not only the meanings of words and expressions, but also rhetorical, socio/cultural, historical and other concepts embedded in the text. Additional information about certain words or concepts may appear as hypermedia annotations presenting information in nodes and links. Working with Italian and Arabic, this project is producing contemporary and authentic sources annotated with the aid of multiple forms of digital media such as text, graphics, audio, and video. Teachers will be able to use these annotated texts as part of their classroom resources. The annotations are being done in 2008-2010; the materials are being used in language classrooms and feedback from teachers and students will lead to improvements in the materials. A website is being constructed in 2009-10 to show the techniques, summarize the research, and provide the materials so that it can serve as a model for other languages. In Spring 2010, a presentation of hypermedia techniques in Arabic was made at the Western Consortium of Middle East National Resource Centers' Language Workshop and at the Georgetown University Round Table.