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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 modern technology. Microsoft has not yet decided to ship the system with every installation of Windoze. -- Mark