Cool. Thanks a lot for the links. =) So what sort of linguistic model are you using for your engine?. Babelfish appears to be a mix of ideas, but a project with a similar name, Babel, uses HPSG (Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar)
Speaking of Babelfish, I'm about to become famous, at least locally. The German radio show Wortlaut will at some point have a contribution from Max Schönherr, who did some interesting, funny stuff with Babelfish and Systran. Anyway, my colleagues and I are going to be on the show (reading stuff---don't want to ruin the surprise).
I dabble in Ruby myself, so I think you might not be giving it a fair shake, but really anything you can do in Ruby, you can do in Perl---just in a different way. Anyway, there is no Ruby Monks.