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Linguistic support to knowledge management

Advanced strategies on concept mapping

Language learning with Knowledge Master: enhanced support for reading and writing


Whenever we speak of "concepts", "information" or "knowledge", the importance of the term arises: everything starts from words, from their meaning, from their written form and the way they are pronounced.

More than mere sounds, words are useful to describe concepts. Linguistic resources are useful for term recognition and term disambiguation, recognizing the differences and similarities between phonetics and writing.

Phonetic searching

Besides spell-checking (how a word should be correctly written), also the correspondence between the written word and what our auditive perception suggests is important. Phonetic searching (the recognition of the different associations of letters that may easily sound alike to the common ear) plays an important role in:

  • Reading and learning to read
  • Writing and learning to write
  • Learning our first language
  • Learning a second language
  • Learning support for dyslexics
  • Cognitive therapy and rehabilitation
  • Studying linguistics
  • Studying or analyzing literature
  • Speech therapy activities
  • Searching a knowledge base
  • Searching in Internet
  • Most professions for which language is fundamental.

A well known crisis in reading (it's from this that the "dyslexia" term springs from) is the difficulty in converting the written form of a word into phonetic code. Nowadays, most researchers seem to support the phonological origin of the impairment, a primary deficit in processing and discriminating phonemes. Phonetic searching  can be particularly beneficial for this reason.

It is widely known that many 'writers' and speakers play with assonances and dissonances.

Language learning with Knowledge Master. Knowledge Master is a resource for both teaching and learning languages.

It's really possible to learn a new language: we can activate our innate language-learning ability. Science has demonstrated that we are all born with a special predisposition to language development and learning.

Linguistics and language are also subjects of study in psychology, and all knowledge has a linguistic foundation. So we must not be surprised that KM methods and strategies are the best choice for learning a language. Using knowledge management methods for language learning closes a virtuous cycle. Knowledge Master uses the relationships between language, thought and meaning.

The natural way to learn - not archaic methods, but creativity in language learning and teaching.

Learning with knowledge management relies on the knowledge structures the learner certainly possesses or can construct while learning. Knowledge structures remain longer when contents are learned together with language, and language learning is more consistent when it's supported with contents. We learn this from birth.

Knowledge Master maps can be integrated with video, images, annotations, external texts and sound in your own maps. Map contents can also be animated, enhancing communication. This way of communication can be augmented with vocal support in more than 13 languages.

Grammar and grammatical rules are better and easier learned when using and reusing grammatical structures. Knowledge bases offer the ideal method to represent grammar and meaning altogether, in the same message. Cognitive use of voice (in several languages) in Knowledge Master is used to focus on meaning. In this, knowledge structures can't  be beaten.

Other facts that support language learning with KM:

  • Voice and interface can be switched with a click to one of the many languages available.
  • Knowledge Master is endowed with a local translation service. The local translation service can help with translations from and to most common languages.
  • In language learning, repetition and review are mandatory. The computer never gets tired and doesn't know anything about free time. It's indefatigable.
  • Own learner's exercises can be recorded with his own voice for comparison and/or evaluation. This method provides constant feedback so you’ll feel confident in your ability to speak, listen, write, and read accurately in a language .
  • A Knowledge Master knowledge base is visual, auditive (uses voice) and multimedia.
  • It uses phonetics and phonics, pronunciation... read aloud. Grasp the meaning through context, use voice to communicate.
  • Phonetic searching can be used to disambiguate and to expand vocabulary.
  • It uses structures and spell-check as writing aids.
Related pages:
Dyslexia learning
An insight into dyslexia
Knowledge management methods and strategies in speech therapy



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