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  • Mar 19, 2012
  • 08:41 PM

Q & A with K. David Harrison on Groundbreaking “Talking Dictionaries”

Daniela Kucz / Daily Gazette
English is not the only language that creates or borrows new words. All healthy languages do so. Dictionaries are a way to record a portion of the lexical knowledge base of a language, words words for objects, relationships, concepts, and anything else, and to make it widely available. My Talking Dictionaries help establish a first presence for small languages in the internet. So far, working with Swarthmore students in my lab, we’ve built talking dictionaries for Siletz De-ni, Matukar, Chamacoco, Remo, Sora, Ho and other small languages.

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