Belarusian spell-checker needed for English

The useful DMEurope news service alerted me to the fact that the first Belarusian spell-checking programme for MS Word 2000, (Litara 1.0), has been developed by Fedor Piskunov and Professor Gennadi Tsichun from Minsk State Linguistic University. Claiming to be the largest electronic dictionary of Belarusian in the world, it contains some 170,000 entries and 2 million word-forms in the two variants of Belarusian spelling – official (modern) and traditional (classical) – and has an additional option of translating from the modern spelling to the classical one. Download it free of charge from here. When it comes to statistics, I was sadly amused to see that I managed to google 117,000 links to Belarussian, and a more promising 489,000 to Belarusian.

Andrew Joscelyne
European, a language technology industry watcher since Electric Word was first published, sometime journalist, consultant, market analyst and animateur of projects. Interested in technologies for augmenting human intellectual endeavour, multilingual méssage, the history of language machines, the future of translation, and the life of the digital mindset.

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