Friday, June 24, 2011

Google Translate is Now Supporting Five New Indian Languages

Exploring its services, Google has included five new Indian languages to its translation service. Google Translate, which now supports five new experimental alpha languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. In India and Bangladesh alone, more than 500 million people speak these five languages. Earlier to this Google Language Translation supports Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam & Punjabi. Currently Google translate supports 63 different languages.

According to the official google blog, "Indic languages differ from English in many ways, presenting several exciting challenges when developing their respective translation systems. Indian languages often use the Subject Object Verb (SOV) ordering to form sentences, unlike English, which uses Subject Verb Object (SVO) ordering. This difference in sentence structure makes it harder to produce fluent translations; the more words that need to be reordered, the more chance there is to make mistakes when moving them. Tamil, Telugu and Kannada are also highly agglutination, meaning a single word often includes affixes that represent additional meaning, like tense or number. Fortunately, our research to improve Japanese (an SOV language) translation helped us with the word order challenge, while our work translating languages like German, Turkish and Russian provided insight into the agglutination problem."

If your PC doesn't support Indic languages then you can download the fonts for each language: Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati and Kannada.

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