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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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FYI: Poio: Technologies for Language Diversity

Author: Vera Ferreira

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Documentation

FYI Body: Poio is a project developed at CIDLeS (Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation, Minde / Portugal) with the aim of creating text prediction and transliteration systems for under-resourced languages, supporting and fostering their everyday use in digital communication. You can access Poio at the following URL:


Poio supports now 26 languages and works already with mobile phones. Try it out and send your feedback to info@cidles.eu.

Best regards,
Vera Ferreira

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