Many of the 🌍 world's 7000 languages are in danger of disappearing within years or decades. When they go, priceless human heritage will be lost, unless their words and meanings can be documented first. Kamusi is working on tools and techniques to help in this effort. When we have sufficient sponsorship for implementation, our mobile elicitation app will be customized for field lexicography for languages that have few speakers 👪🔊, and usually no written form. We will concentrate on talking dictionaries, where speakers not only say the words in their language, but also provide spoken vignettes in lieu of written definitions. In conjunction with our concept priority list, we intend to produce a "research project in a box" that university and graduate students can use to undertake rapid field documentation of a chosen 👅🔫 endangered language.
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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