Quechua and Mapudungun go digital

Indigenous South American language communities are getting localized software from Microsoft. The Quechua version of Office XP and Office 2003 is coing out next year for the nearly 10 million Quechuaphones living across six or so countries. More intriguing is the project to localize into Mapudungun, the language of the Mapuches ethnic group (8% of Chile’s 15 million inhabitants). Come on OpenOffice

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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