Thoughts are often organized around logical systems that are intertwined with language. You may, for example, offer a guest pie when you really have 🎂 cake, because you associate both words with round baked desserts. Through WordNet now, and other ontological systems we gradually align, we chart these relationships. Beaks and wings are parts of a 🕊 bird, sparrows and swallows are types of 🕊 bird, birds are a type of animal. By fixing these connections to specific senses (wings that are flapped in the air, not eaten with beer), we can apply ontologies across languages. You will be able to find terms for specific car parts, or different types of 🚗 car, in Hindi or Portuguese.
We most look forward to Chinese. No satisfactory system has yet emerged to organize Chinese dictionaries, because it is not possible to list the tens of thousands of ideograms in an accepted sequence. Chinese students take classes where they learn to find terms based on the strokes that characters are composed of, but that does not help them find words if they do not already know exactly how to write them. Using ontological connections - knowing that a 🦁 lion is a type of 😾 cat can bring you to the term for 🐆 leopard that you are looking for - we envision that Kamusi will result in a Logical Chinese Dictionary that will be uniquely useful to learners and speakers of the 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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