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Is there a tool that can detect the language of a text of lets say several paragraphs?


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there are many tools around to do this, the first one thatI can think of is Google's own:

Hope it helps

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Thanks MOrtimer – Flethuseo Mar 26 '11 at 21:49
The language_detect tool by google seems promising, I have to do this for more than one text. I see some code there but I don't know whether I can run it on my machine. – Flethuseo Mar 26 '11 at 21:56
google API probably has limits on the amount of queries you can send, so you might need to use one of the other libraries to do it I guess. – Mortimer Apr 1 '11 at 7:53

The file tool has a bunch of heuristics for guessing file types, including one that reports "English text". I don't know if it knows about other human languages, but it definitely could be upgraded to guess between them.

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