Babel

Oct 07, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Sinhala speakers would soon be able to use Google translate, a tool that allows readers to translation languages into one another, an official said. “The development is being done as we speak,” Rohan Jayaweera, country consultant for US-based Google Inc told an LBR-LBO Summit forum.

“I am sitting in a panel with a number of Googlers across the world where we are refining the algorithm.”

Jayaweera a “tremendous amount of data sets” in the Sinhalese language in useable fonts was needed to develop the translation algorithm.

Sinhala is spoken by the majority community in Sri Lanka and is considered to be part of the so-called Indo-Iranian language family. It uses a variation of a Pallava-style alphabet, used in India and some parts of South East Asia.

Google Translate allows writing in one language to be translated into English or any other language. It can also detect the language.

“Now that we have collected a significant amount Sinhala data – Sinhala words actually – the next challenge is alignment,” Jayaweera said.

Alignment involves working on the grammar and syntax of Sinhal