We have developed many 🎮 games for Facebook and other platforms, for 👪 people to help us improve our 🔢 data while having fun. The games are built around the premise that the authorities about a language are the people who speak it, and many of those people will share their knowledge if they are given easy tools and spiritual rewards. Sending researchers to the field to collect consistent linguistic data for thousands of languages is impossible, but it is relatively straightforward to configure all those languages for the same set of games that can fill our database with the words people know.
Many of our games are ready, and others are under development. There is a problem, however, in that we cannot afford to open the games to the public. Simply put, it costs money to manage the volumes of data that will stream in once people begin playing. We cannot magically produce a server that can handle the traffic, or developers who can fix inevitable bugs or make improvements based on user experience, or the experts who can perform quality control for their languages. We already offer more than we can pay for, so that you get a taste of what lies ahead, but flipping the switch on our games is too much to take on by ourselves.
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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