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Kamusi Book 2011

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People often ask for current news about the Kamusi Project, so we have put together a new booklet with up-to-the-minute information about the organization and the work that we do. I'm happy to share the book for your reading pleasure:

To celebrate this release, we are offering a special membership opportunity, because we need a strong membership base to support our unique work. Everybody who joins the project between now and 19 August 2011 (the next ten days) will have their name put in a hat to win their choice of Kamusi-themed gear from the Awards section of our shop. This is in addition to the ongoing random awards drawing every time we get 100 new members, so join today to get an extra chance to win great Kamusi clothing, bags, or even our famous Swahili clock! (Existing members will also have their names included in this drawing.)

Preparing the book took a lot of effort, with the contributions of several people. I would particularly like to thank Sabrina Huff for pursuing this project through numerous versions. Various sections of the book also benefited from the thoughts and close readings of Thomas Bearth, Mohomodou Houssouba, Hugh Peterken, Charles Riley, and Warigia Bowman.

Figuring out the best way to present the information was particularly tricky. Some people like a lot of detail, while others want a quick overview. Some people wish to download a rich document that is a joy to look at, while others just want fast online access. We've tried to strike a happy balance, with text that is informative but we hope does not go on too long, a stripped-down web version that you can access right here, and a PDF version with beautiful photos from around Africa that you can download as a low-resolution document or in glorious high-resolution suitable for printing.

I hope you'll enjoy the book, and that you'll take advantage of the release to become a member of the project and become eligible to win Kamusi merchandise during our special celebration!

Table of Contents:


Kamusi GOLD

These are the languages for which we have datasets that we are actively working toward putting online. Languages that are Active for you to search are marked with "A" in the list below.


•A = Active language, aligned and searchable
•c = Data 🔢 elicited through the Comparative African Word List
•d = Data from independent sources that Kamusi participants align playing 🐥📊 DUCKS
•e = Data from the 🎮 games you can play on 😂🌎🤖 EmojiWorldBot
•P = Pending language, data in queue for alignment
•w = Data from 🔠🕸 WordNet teams

Software and Systems

We are actively creating new software for you to make use of and contribute to the 🎓 knowledge we are bringing together. Learn about software that is ready for you to download or in development, and the unique data systems we are putting in place for advanced language learning and technology:

Articles and Information

Kamusi has many elements. With these articles, you can read the details that interest you:

Videos and Slideshows

Some of what you need to know about Kamusi can best be understood visually. Our 📽 videos are not professional, but we hope you find them useful:


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Hack Kamusi

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Theory of Kamusi

Select a link below to learn about the principles that guide the project's unique approach to lexicography and public service.

Contact Us

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The Kamusi Project dictionaries and the Kamusi Project databases are intellectual property protected by international copyright law, ©2007 through ©2018, under the joint ownership of Kamusi Project International and Kamusi Project USA. Further explanation may be found on our © Copyright page.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.


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To keep Kamusi growing as a "free" knowledge resource for the world's languages, we need major contributions from philanthropists and organizations. Do you have any connections with a generous person, corporation, foundation, or family office that might wish to make a long term impact on educational outcomes and economic opportunity for speakers of excluded languages around the world? If you can help us reach out to a potential 💛😇 GOLD Angel, please contact us!