Languages often make subtle distinctions between similar concepts, such as a dual carriageway versus a motorway versus a thruway versus a freeway. We want to build a tool that can be configured to tease out these differences for conceptual groups. Items can be tagged for characteristics they must have, must not have, or might have (such as whether a type of roadway must, must not, or might have tolls), and where they occur geographically. Those concepts can then be matched to exact or near equivalents in other languages. It's complicated: for example, in both Kenya and Tanzania, the Swahili term for the administrative territory smaller than a nation is "mkoa", but the English term is "province" in Kenya and "region" in Tanzania. The Differentiator will make it possible to hone all sorts of minute distinctions within and between languages and places, from school levels to military ranks to cuts of meat. To help develop or fund the Differentiator, please contact us!
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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