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For every Kamusi entry, we ask that you provide a "lemma" and a "headword". What are we talking about?
The difference between lemma and headword is, the lemma is the main form that people usually look for in a dictionary, while the headword is the invisible way that we sort the word in the system. Two examples:
1) in Swahili, we show verbs in the lemma form, like this: -simama , because the - (hyphen) indicates that there is a lot of other variable information that will normally come beforehand. However, the headword is simama , without the hyphen, because the computer needs to know that the word begins with the letter S when it is printing out a list of terms in alphabetical order.
2) For the English term African fish eagle, the headword is eagle, because we want to sort this entry in the logical place that people will be looking for it. Someone who types eagle into the dictionary search box wants to find the different things that are eagles, even if they don't all begin with the spelling "eag". On the other hand, someone who is searching for "African" really doesn't want to get an entry related to a type of bird, and someone who is searching for "fish" is similarly not searching for an entry about a type of eagle that eats fish.
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
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