Working with language-support files

Language-support files are monolingual morphological data files. With OpenTM2they are used to perform:

  • Stem reduction during dictionary lookup of terms in original documents. When an original document contains the English word bought, for example, OpenTM2actually looks up the infinitive form of the verb, buy, in the dictionary. The English (U.S.) language-support file contains the information necessary to associate bought with buy.
  • Compound separation during dictionary lookup of terms in original documents for all Germanic languages. When an original document contains the German word Autoradio (car radio), OpenTM2looks up Autoradio. If it does not find this compound, it decomposes it and looks up its parts Auto and Radio.
  • Text segmentation into sentences, including recognizing abbreviations in the original documents.A paragraph of text is divided into sentences during analysis to allow a sentence-by-sentence translation.
  • Spellchecking of translated documents.

For translations from a given source language, you must install the corresponding language-support file.

For translations into a target language, the installation of the language-support file is optional unless you need to check the spelling of the target file.



Overview and terminology

The “Language List” window contains lists of all the language-support files available in OpenTM2 and their current installation status.



Calling sequence

Select Display language list from the Utilities menu.

The “Language List” window is displayed.

Options and parameters



The “Language List” window shows all available languages and their current status. The State column indicates whether the language-support file for the respective language is installed (indicated byactive or inactive).

There are several reasons for a language being shown as inactive:

  • It is not included in your base package.
  • It is included in your base package, but you did not install it.
  • It is included in your base package and you installed it, but you subsequently deleted it because you had no need for it at that time.

If you need a language-support file for any of the languages supported by OpenTM2, you can install it on top of your current installation.

If you translate into languages for which language support is not available, such as Hungarian, you cannot check the spelling of the translated documents.

What you can do with language-support files

Language-support files can be installed, extended, or deleted.

Deleting language-support files

You can delete a language-support file when you no longer need it. You may want to do this, for example, if you no longer translate from or into this language.



Calling sequence


  1. Display language list from the Utilities menu
  2. The language-support file to delete
  3. Delete from the File menu
Options and parameters

Before OpenTM2 deletes the selected language-support file, you are asked to confirm your request:

  • Select Yes to delete the language-support file.
  • Select No to cancel the delete request.

If you select Yes, the language-support file is deleted. Otherwise, it remains unchanged. A reference to this source language may still exist in certain folders, dictionaries, and Translation Memory databases. Update the respective properties so that the deleted language-support file is no longer referred to.

Extending language-support files

Occasionally, documents contain words with a spelling not recognized by OpenTM2although you consider them spelled correctly.

Such words can be added to an addendum of the respective language support and are then accepted by the spellchecking function. For more information, see Spellchecking a document.

What you can do for other languages

The list of target languages includes all languages for which language-support files exist, and certain other languages that are supported by Windows (R). If you want to translate into other languages, select Other Languages from the list of languages.