Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 147–159 | Cite as

Towards mobile language evolution exploitation

  • Gideon Zenz
  • Nina Tahmasebi
  • Thomas Risse


Knowing about the evolution of a term can significantly help when searching for relevant information, especially in case of sudden evolutions (e.g. as of dramatical changes in political situations). Here, some terms get a completely new meaning or are used in new or different ways. In mobile situations it is important to be able to effectively retrieve information, since this is usually done in a hurry and interaction possibilities with mobile devices are limited. In this paper we describe a methodology using word sense discrimination to discover term evolution. We present two mobile interfaces for easy access and exploration of this evolution, as well as a user-study to show its usefulness. We conclude the paper with an outlook of further research possibilities in this new topic.


Language evolution Mobile applications Ambient media Social networks 



We would like to thank Times Newspapers Limited for providing the archive of The Times for our research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.L3S Research CenterHanoverGermany

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