People. Policy. Place. Seminar - Language Engineering in the Field


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Presenter:  Professor Steven Bird, School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne & Adjunct, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University

Date: Mar 17, 2017

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Contact person:  Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University
T: 08 8946 7468
E: thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room)

Target audience:  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - ALL WELCOME – PLEASE SHARE

Abstract: What is the best that computer science can do for the world's endangered languages and the people who speak them? This question has guided my research and that of my students and colleagues over the last 25 years. It has led to innovations in the documentation, description, and revitalisation of endangered languages, and new ways to learn unwritten languages with the aid of social mobile technologies. I will explain this research program, highlighting the challenges for computer science and linguistics. Then I will present my recent and planned work in designing technologies to help keep Australian Indigenous languages strong, focussing on the Bininj Kunwok community of West Arnhem.

steven-birdAbout Professor Steven Bird: Professor Steven’s research concerns language technologies, and the challenge of preserving and sustaining the world's linguistic diversity. His career began with a BSc and MSc in computer science at Melbourne University, followed by a PhD in computational linguistics from Edinburgh University. Steven has had appointments at the Universities of Edinburgh, Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, and Melbourne and he has conducted fieldwork in Australia, Cameroon, Papua New Guinea, and Brazil. He co-leads the Aikuma Project, designing scalable methods for strengthening the world's Treasure Languages, and OLAC, the Open Language Archives Community, hosting content and services for the world's language archives including the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages at Charles Darwin University. In the coming months Steven will be based at Warddeken Academy in West Arnhem, to teach and to develop language technologies and to increase his proficiency in Kunwinjku. Read Professor Steven’s full profile HERE

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