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#ASR + Data 'Creation' to Preserve the Seneca Language

#ASR + Data 'Creation' to Preserve the Seneca Language | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

"Under the hood, it is data. With many Native languages, you don't have that volume of data," Jimerson said, explaining that some languages, while spoken, may not have as many formal linguistic tools—dictionaries, grammatical materials or extensive classes for non-native speakers, similar to those for Spanish or Chinese. "One of the most expensive and time-consuming processes of documenting language is collecting and transcribing it. We are looking at taking deep networks and maybe changing the architecture, making some synthetic data to create more data, but how do you make this work in deep learning? How do you augment data you already have?"

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V. Reding: ‘User Volume, Not Just Infrastructure Drives Endangered Language Usage on the Internet’

V. Reding: ‘User Volume, Not Just Infrastructure Drives Endangered Language Usage on the Internet’ | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Do positive effects outweigh the negative in terms of how the internet is developing for speakers of less widely spoken languages?
VR: Absolutely. What becomes important is the infrastructure for that language, that would be the second step. But I do not believe that it’s only by the infrastructure that you can save them. There was an important declaration today [during a debate in the European Parliament] that, ‘It’s only when more than 50% of people are accessing and speaking a language that the whole thing changes’. That means it is bottom-up more than top-down.

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For >50% of speakers to be using the Internet in a given language, they must have already been "language enabled" surely (e.g. alphabet, keyboard, searchability, some translation facility, etc). Infrastructure + users creates a virtuous circle 

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Augmented Reality App to Revitalize Endangered Secwepemctsin Language

Augmented Reality App to Revitalize Endangered Secwepemctsin Language | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Canada: The iPad lights up with a 3D image of a forest. Narration in the Splatsin’s traditional language, Secwepemctsin, begins to spill out of the device as the two delighted children listen intently to a story about how Porcupine got his coat. This new #AR app is helping revitalize the traditional Secwepemctsin dialect, a language spoken by just 10 to 15 people in the community, most of them in their 90s, says Aaron Leon, president of the Tsm7aksaltn Splatsin Teaching Centre. Stamped out by residential schools and the era of the Sixties Scoop, the language is considered endangered.

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jassi patayon's curator insight, April 13, 2:01 PM
Augmented reality that utilizes visuals and sound