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The Payap Language Software Development Group

Payap Language Software Development Group (PALASO) is part of the Linguistics Institute at Payap University in Chiangmai Thailand. The Linguistics Institute is a partnership between Payap University and SIL International with the mandate to serve the language communities of Southeast Asia through linguistic research and language development. The Palaso Group develops new software to aid linguistic research and language development.

Current Palaso developers are Cambell Prince, Chris Hirt, Robin Munn, Ira Hopkinson and John Hatton (who works with Palaso from Papua New Guinea).

Current projects include:

  • WeSay – A simple and powerful dictionary building tool for non-linguists. Runs on Windows and Linux.
  • Solid – A utility for tidying SFM lexicon databases and converting them to LIFT for use in WeSay and FLEx (FieldWorks Language Explorer)
  • SayMore – Organizer for Language Documentation Session data.
  • Bloom -Easy and productive literacy material production.
  • LiftTools - Remove duplicates from LIFT files by intensively analyzing and merging entries. Also can be used to validate the format of LIFT files.
  • myWorkSafe - Super simple and automatic USB Flash drive backup for language development workers.
  • pdfDroplet - Easily produce booklet PDFs for literacy materials.

We also make re-usable software components that power language development applications produced by groups outside palaso:

  • Reusable .net libraries for supporting less-resourced languages, including advanced collation and working with LIFT xml files. (PalasoLib and LiftDotNet)
  • Chorus – A version control system designed to enable workflows for geographically distributed language teams.
  • Enhancements to the Enchant spell-checking engine to boost support for less-resourced languages. Any software application can hook to Enchant to enable spell checking.

Further details about our projects, including source code and bug tracking, can be found on our project site:

http://projects.palaso.org

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