Language technology for indigenous and marginalised languages and communities
Computational Linguistics Major (College of Arts & Sciences)
Francis Tyers (College of Arts & Sciences)
The scope of this project is fairly wide and flexible. It envisions investigating and creating tools based on language technology for Indigenous and marginalised communities for whom those tools are not currently available. This could involve anything from creating keyboards, and investigating the best ways to do text prediction to producing systems for speech recognition and synthesis and investigating what the best way of doing this is for a specific language or community. The exact project will be determined in collaboration with your mentor and will rely on identifying a shared area of interest, both in terms of language and in terms of technology.
Technology or Computational Component
Language technology is the application of technology to human languages. Everything from input methods (speech, text) to proofing tools (spelling and grammar checking) and machine translation. You will be developing the tools for Indigenous and marginalised languages that people who speak majority languages take for granted.