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Natural language translation programs needed for GNU Help Wanted

Category: Developer
Submitted By: toby
Date: Wed 25 Jun 2003 02:45:28 PM UTC
Status: Filled

This project is part of the GNU Project.

In the 20 years since the GNU Project's inception we've written and released an impressive body of work. We're not done yet, and we've got some ideas for Free Software programs that still need to be written.

This Savannah project allows us to add these items (that typically don't have their own projects yet) to the Savannah help wanted database where the 25,000+ savannah users (and the public at large) can browse them. This includes items from the old 'GNU Task List' and new ideas that people have submitted. If you are interested in working on one of the tasks posted please contact the Volunteer Coordinators at

License GNU Free Documentation License

Development Status
: 1 - Planning

Details (job description, contact ...):

2008-09-01 - toby - learned about the Apertium project at which appears to be making good progress on this task. If you're looking for a natural language translation project then this looks like a good one.

If you're up for a "grand challenge" you can tackle a problem that's frustrated computer scientists and linguists for almost 40 years: translating one natural language into another. This task was considered one of the early benchmarks of Artificial Intelligence, and AI's failure to accomplish it led many to claim that AI was a failure.

Recently, several systems have appeared that can do at least approximate translation, such as Bablefish and Google. We'd like to see a Free alternative, however.

Be aware that if you attack this problem it will attack back.

Required Skills:

Skill Level Experience
GNU Coding Standards Good Knowledge < 6 Months

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