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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: New African Language Dictionary ? ; Luo Language = DhoLuo
Date Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:43:52 GMT
On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 8:26 AM, rain <> wrote:

>  Good Morning to all of and supporters. You are
> great!!

Misawa !

I'm cc'ing our Localization mailing list as well.  They are the real
experts, not me.

> Congratulations for your successful works on behalf of culture, knowledge,
> improvement.
> My name is George Odhiambo
> I am very happy to find so many South African Languages
> available in Open Office Dictionaries.
> It makes me wishing I could help with plenty of effort,
> through joining a group of people with similar interest,
> and create a DHOLUO Dictionary
> for the many who later could benefit
> by downloading and running it
> when word needs a spelling control, etc.
> I would like to receive indications on what data-base, query, form...
> should I start using
> to begin filling with words
> of same meaning
> in two different Languages (i.e.: English AND DhoLuo)

In OpenOffice we use an open source spell checking library called
"HunSpell".  It is also used by Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird as well.
So if you add support for a new language to Hunspell then many of the top
open source applications will benefit, all at once.

The home page for Hunspell is here:

The reference manual is here:

As you can see, a spell checking dictionary is more than just a list of
words.  It also can define rules for how other words can be formed.

Do you have material that you can use to get started on a dictionary?  One
approach might be to start with a collection of existing Dholuo texts,
documents, emails, websites, whatever, and extract all of the words used
there.  Of course, that may contain spelling errors already, so the list
would need to be manually reviewed.  But it is a start.



> To me it would become a long lasting process.
> Would you do help me to make it shorter
> by creating a group of people, with structured plans,
> well organised,
> that later you could offer DHOLUO dictionary
> to users of OpenOffice, Android, Linux, Apache,
> and many of future applications, OS, ...
> through your superb Apache Open Office organization.
> These my today Prayer to Ancestors. Amen
> Odhiambo
> I would had a big problem if someone would ask me to trace the areas where
> Tsonga or Veda people have their homesteads, the area where their ancestors
> kept their grazing fields, or the are where Tsonga and Veda languages are
> spoken.
> [image: Where?]
> I am to learn many many things yet.
> In case you would like it,
> I insert here a small drawing with the area
> where people do talk one another in markets,
> in homesteads, in school yards...
> by using beautiful DhoLuo Language words.
> [image: LuoLand]
> Thanks for your time.
> Have a nice day.

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