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This is a page from the Kamusi archives. The information below may be out of date, and the links may no longer be valid. Please visit for current information. If you know of links or information on this page that can be updated, please let us know.

The Kamusi Project has participants from around the globe. Because the project is an open experiment in cooperative scholarship, we intend to recognize all participants for their contributions. In order to receive recognition, please register as a participating editor.

In addition to the contributors to the project now maintained by Kamusi Project International and Kamusi Project USA, there are many people who contributed to earlier generations of the project at Yale (1995 to 2007) and the World Language Documentation Centre (2007-2010). Unfortunately, our switches between servers and changes to our system software have erased the user records that were generated dynamically during the later part of that era. If you contributed to Kamusi during that time and are not credited below, please contact us and we will restore you to the list.

Known early editorial contributors are listed below.

Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director: Dr. Martin Benjamin

Major Contributors
Project PI, 1995-2007: Dr. Ann Biersteker
Dr. Elena Bertoncini-Zubkova
Dr. Ellen Contini-Morava
Anne Geoghegan
Dr. Heidi Glaesel Frontani
Dr. Thomas Hinnebusch
Dr. Christiaan Kooyman
Dr. Charles Mironko
Dr. Katrina Daly Thompson

Computer Programmers
Dr. Andrew Smith
Paa Kwesi Imbeah
Dr. Alberto Escudero
Greg Huntoon
Jacob Knight
Dr. Joe Rodrigue
Michelle Charles
Peter Koinange

Early Kamusi Participants

The following people participated in the early stages of the Kamusi Project, prior to the introduction of the Edit Engine. Their biographical information from that time is available here.

Abdulla Mzee Abdulla
Kassim Abdullah
Abdushakur Aboud
Steven Anderson
Reite Arild
Uriel Ballast
Kwame Bandele
Gregory Barz
Elena Bertoncini-Zubkova
Ann Biersteker
Tony Boucher
Richard Chowning
Ellen Contini-Morava
Mathias Cyamukungu
Robert Daniels
Meredith Dixon
Hussein Farah
Michael Fletcher
Douglas Friend
Mark Gandler
Chege Githiora
Gerhard Gonter
Mehboob M. Hassani
Magdalena Hauner
Jon Hawkins
Thomas Hinnebusch
Joel Hiza
Arvi Hurskainen
Ellen James
Francine M. Jasper
Christopher Johnson
Ben Kobus
Steven Krueger
Jeff Lanse
Richard Lepine
Rajab Litto
John Lowe
Friederike Lupke
Jouni Maho
William Mann
Kamau Mbugua
Sheryl McCurdy
Charles Mironko
Haneef Mohamed
John Mole
Noelle Morrissette
Jeri Leigh Moxley
Basilio G. Mungania
Henry Muzale
Dorothy Nakimbugwe
Morille Njau
David Oryang
Ben Parker
Umberto Quattrocchi, M.D.
Noah Ranells
James Rawls
Arild Reite
Amir Roggel
John Russell
Eugeniusz Rzewuski
Jon Sheldon
Tim Skellett
Paul Snell
Evelyn Staus
Fridrich Strba
Eric Thomas
Robert Thomas
Nino Vessella
Linda Wallace
Janette Wallis
Lenne Ward
Carrie Wenninger
Jolee West
Stephen Winnall


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:


Our partners - past, present, and future - include:

Hack Kamusi

Here are some of the work elements on our task list that you can help do or fund:

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

We welcome your comments and questions, and will try to respond quickly. To get in touch, please visit our contact page. You must use a real email address if you want to get a real reply!

© Copyright ©

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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Our biggest struggle is keeping Kamusi online and keeping it free. We cannot charge money for our services because that would block access to the very people we most want to benefit, the students and speakers of languages around the world that are almost always excluded from information technology. So, we ask, request, beseech, beg you, to please support our work by donating as generously as you can to help build and maintain this unique public resource.


Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to general questions you might have about Kamusi services.

We are building this page around real questions from members of the Kamusi community. Send us a question that you think will help other visitors to the site, and frequently we will place the answer here.

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Press Coverage

Kamusi in the news: Reports by journalists and bloggers about our work in newspapers, television, radio, and online.

Sponsor Search:
Who Do You Know?

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!