Research can make use of PanLex, and it can also benefit PanLex development.
PanLex began as an applied research project, in which the data were used for improved:
- translation inference
- cross-language information retrieval
- cross-language human communication
The translation-inference research made it possible to produce confident translations that had not been attested by any source.
The project’s public website contains a summary of previous PanLex-related research and publications.
The database can be a basis for research on translation and other aspects of language and meaning. Research on the existing data, on how informants and users interact with the data, and on the structures of attestation sources, combined with results of external research, can also yield higher-quality assimilation and higher-quality interfaces.