Scots input for smartphones

The world’s first Scots-speaking predictive text keyboard is available from Swiftkey.

Examples of current and historical Scots texts for the SwiftKey team after being contacted by the developers. This includes material from The National, Bella Caledonia, Robert Burns and even Facebook, as well as content from the new edition of the Concise Scots Dictionary, published this month.

The system uses artificial intelligence (AI) to adapt to the user’s writing style to recognise, autocorrect and autopredict Scots and is capable of running between both Scots and English at once.

Dr Rhona Alcorn of Scottish Language Dictionaries commented: “This is a validation of a living, thriving language.”

THERE have long been those who think broad Scots is impenetrable gobbledygook.

Text in mither tongue – we help develop the first Scots-speaking smartphone keyboard

TEXTS in a fankle because your phone disnae ken whit yer oan aboot? Dinnae fash, the world’s first Scots-speaking predictive text keyboard is here – and The National helped developers build it. Techies at Microsoft subsidiary SwiftKey used material from this newspaper to teach their programme how to recognise, autocorrect and autopredict in Scotland ‘s ither national language.

Michty me! App will allow braid Scots speakers to text or tweet in their ain leid

THERE have long been those who think broad Scots is impenetrable gobbledygook. And, for years, thanks to mobile phone auto-correcting our second most-spoken language, they might just have had a point. Now, however, Scots speakers can text or tweet without their words being mangled thanks to a new app.

Scots on Smartphones

A’ve been fasht for a lang time at predictive keyboards wadna recognise Scots ava – ilka time ye uised a perfecklie normal wird, it wad get chynged tae a completelie different Inglis wird at juist happent tae leuk similar.

 

 

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