Inuktitut is added to the languages available in the Microsoft Translator translation system.
According to the giant Microsoft, it is thus possible for users to translate the 70 or so languages of Microsoft Translator to or from Inuktitut, which would be a first for software of this type.
Inuktitut, which is also included in Office and Translator for Bing, is the main dialect of the Inuktut language, which also includes Inuinnaqtun.
Inuktitut is spoken by approximately 40,000 Inuit of Inuit Nunangat, the homeland of the Inuit of Canada, and by 70% of the inhabitants of Nunavut, it was said Wednesday, in a press release.
“The addition of Inuktitut to Microsoft Translator is a great achievement, which shows how working with Microsoft is making a positive and permanent difference for the future of our language. Let us take the time to mark this important step on the road to the continued revitalization of Inuktut, ”said Margaret Nakashuk, Minister of Culture and Heritage for the Government of Nunavut.
Note that the Government of Nunavut provided Microsoft with the linguistic data that was required to create a new translation model and that people who speak Inuktitut volunteered to “validate and evaluate the translations”.