20 Oct 2009

Te reo Maori added to Google translation toolkit

4:51 pm on 20 October 2009

One of the developers of the Google translation toolkit says it will greatly help those who want to use te reo Maori.

Waikato University computer science lecturer Te Taka Keegan has spent six months at Google's headquarters in California working on how the translation technology can help minority languages.

Dr Keegan told Waatea News the company's original focus was on the world's top 10 languages, but the technology is readily adaptable to smaller languages.

Maori was one of 284 languages added to the Google translation toolkit last week.