An exploratory study on search behavior in different languages

Peng Chu, Eszter Jozsa, Anita Komlodi, Karoly Hercegfi

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Abstract

More and more people search online in a language that is not their native language due to the limited availability of content in underrepresented languages [1]. Most such users search in English as a second language. Very few researchers studied the challenges second language searchers face, even though searching in a foreign language and language proficiency and skills constitute an essential part of the context of searching, which can in return impact the search process and outcome. This exploratory study examines differences in first and second language web searching. Query reformulations from 14 participants who searched in English (first language) and Spanish (second language) and 17 participants who searched in Hungarian (first language) and English (second language) are analyzed and compared. Preliminary results show that searching in a foreign language requires significantly longer time, more query reformulations, and more websites viewed. User feedback also indicates that the search strategy that our participants successfully use in their first language is often much less efficient in their second language.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIIiX 2012 - Proceedings 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium
Subtitle of host publicationBehaviors, Interactions, Interfaces, Systems
Pages318-321
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 19 2012
Event4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium, IIiX 2012 - Nijmegen, Netherlands
Duration: Aug 21 2012Aug 24 2012

Publication series

NameIIiX 2012 - Proceedings 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium: Behaviors, Interactions, Interfaces, Systems

Other

Other4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium, IIiX 2012
CountryNetherlands
CityNijmegen
Period8/21/128/24/12

Keywords

  • Information seeking
  • Query
  • Query reformulation
  • Search behavior
  • Search in first and second languages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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    Chu, P., Jozsa, E., Komlodi, A., & Hercegfi, K. (2012). An exploratory study on search behavior in different languages. In IIiX 2012 - Proceedings 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium: Behaviors, Interactions, Interfaces, Systems (pp. 318-321). (IIiX 2012 - Proceedings 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium: Behaviors, Interactions, Interfaces, Systems). https://doi.org/10.1145/2362724.2362784