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Challenges for speech and language technologies from languages of Africa and Asia

Location: Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, 20th Floor, Auditorium 1

TITLE: Challenges for speech and language technologies from languages of Africa and Asia

Dafydd Gibbon, Universität Bielefeld

Most of the few dozen familiar languages in Human Language Technologies, from Icelandic to Hindi, belong to the Indo-European language family and are relatively closely related, when compared to the 6000 or so languages of the world. Chinese and Japanese are major exceptions. Languages of other families i.e. with other inflectional systems, tonal properties in the lexicon and the grammar, different grammatical patterns - pose different problems, quite apart from familiar issues such as fonts and text layouting. The talk will first catalogue some of these interesting problems from a computational linguistic point of view, and zoom in on issues of prosody modelling. Then issues of providing resources for the languages concerned will be addressed, and current linguistic and technological initiatives will be discussed, with particular reference to the work of COCOSDA (International Coordinating Committee for Speech Databases and Assessment).

HOST: Stephen Wilson

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