In Chinese, a 🐑 sheep and a 🐐 goat are the same thing (羊). The lack of exact correspondences between languages creates a problem for most dictionaries. Kamusi has a unique solution to the problem that allows us to create a viable 👅👅👅🔢 multilingual dataset that does not get caught in a tangle of semantic drift. Translation equivalents are marked as either parallel, similar, or an explanation in one language of a concept that is indigenous to another (filling a lexical gap). "Similar" concepts are given a space for explication, so that a reader can know that 羊 is 1️⃣ one animal in China and 2️⃣ two in Australia.
We apply the same principle to synonyms within a language. What is the difference between a 🛳 ship and a ⛵ boat? For terms that are labelled as synonyms, we provide a field to explain the difference. This task has never been done, by any dictionary in any language. Of course, producing this information will be a lot of work, so please join us in ✍ writing the explications and making a difference!
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
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:
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.
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