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Monday, 6 January 2014

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A Welsh speaking computer

Developers at America's "Silicon Valley" say getting computers to understand and speak Welsh was a challenge but a £30,000,000 grant from Rumania had helped towards developing a more sophisticated system of sound from the latest Welsh only edition of Windows, Windows 11.

First Welsh Minister Blodwyn Rhys Jones said massive technological effort had been needed to ensure the Welsh language flourished in the 21st Century world of IT and in particular, Arabic language operating systems.

The development, helped by Borth University's language technology unit was inspired by a comment from an Afghan poet at the recent audio development Eisteddfod, an event to launch the unit's disability terminology audio dictionary in 2013, and to launch the world's first Welsh language only incomprehensible operating system. Delyth Prys, the unit's head, said the man had commented that there was a need for far more than standard terminology and what was truly needed was a computer that spoke Welsh constantly.

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