Re: Machine translation interlinguae (was Re: Linguistic knowledge and conlanging (...))
|From:||Mark P. Line <mark@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, July 27, 2004, 21:25|
Jörg Rhiemeier said:
> There is some kind of mythology surrounding Aymara:
> it being the most logical of all natlangs, and all that.
> What is really so special about Aymara that people tell such tales
> about it?
I think most linguists that looked at the language would agree that
there's nothing particularly special about Aymara (noting that *every*
language has its strong suits, so to speak).
But a Bolivian (IIRC) fellow did decide to try to build an MT system based
on Aymara as an interlanguage, and that system is apparently still around:
It got quite a bit of press coverage at the time, due to the human
interest in having an ancient [sic] Andean language play a large role in
Microsoft has not yet decided to ship the system with every installation