Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pinus Sylvestris: Scots' Language? What's a language? Scots' video, WUaS Scottish Gaelic language, wiki, subject, Informing an Universal Translator


Scots' Language? What's a language? ...

(a specific instance of a complex system of communication -

As this wee film goes on, the folk start to use more and more of their Scots' language -

... will add above film to Scots' Language pages ...

New "Scots" language, wiki subject at WUaS -

check out the "Scottish Gaelic" wiki subject, too, linked from above ...


Here's one view on how a language and a dialect differ, vis-a-vis Scots:

"Scots is the Germanic language variety spoken in Lowland Scotland and parts of Ulster (where the local dialect is known as Ulster Scots). It is sometimes called Lowland Scots to distinguish it from Scottish Gaelic, the Celtic language variety spoken in most of the western Highlands and in the Hebrides.

Since there are no universally accepted criteria for distinguishing languages from dialects, scholars and other interested parties often disagree about the linguistic, historical and social status of Scots. Although a number of paradigms for distinguishing between languages and dialects do exist, these often render contradictory results. Focused broad Scots is at one end of a bipolar linguistic continuum, with Scottish Standard English at the other. Consequently, Scots is often regarded as one of the ancient varieties of English, but with its own distinct dialects. Alternatively, Scots is sometimes treated as a distinct Germanic language, in the way Norwegian is closely linked to, yet distinct from, Danish. Those positions are also reflected in the 2010 Scottish Government study of "public attitudes towards the Scots language" in which 64% of respondents (around 1,000 individuals being a representative sample of Scotland's adult population) "don't really think of Scots as a language" but where "the most frequent speakers are least likely to agree that it is not a language (58%) and those never speaking Scots most likely to do so (72%)". In the 2011 Scottish census, a question on Scots language ability was featured."


World University & School plans to be in ALL 3,000-8,000 languages, and develop an universal translator (with a focus on artificial intelligence) ...

In planning for developing an universal translator, building on Google Translate and Sugar Labs' Translator and using Artificial Intelligence programming, in voice, text, video, etc., how to bring together, for example, Scots, as a specific example of a language/dialect, with Scottish Gaelic (and Hindi and Bengali and the other 20 official languages in India, the other languages mentioned above, etc.), is a fascinating question.


In what ways can upcoming virtual Harbin (in ScienceSim, or in OpenSim, or?) be designed to help develop translation of both IMAGES and OPERA, INTERACTIVELY, for WUaS's universal translator (in 3,000-8,000 languages)? (Google Translator is in 58 languages, for example).

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