LINGUIST List 32.3247

Fri Oct 15 2021

FYI: SIGEL Speaker Series - Automatic Speech Recognition in Native American Languages

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 12-Oct-2021
From: Sarah Moeller <>
Subject: SIGEL Speaker Series - Automatic Speech Recognition in Native American Languages
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You're invited to the Speaker Series hosted by the ACL Special Interest Group in Endangered Languages (SIGEL)!

TITLE: Automatic Speak Recognition in Native American Languages

PANELISTS: Jonathan Amith, Rey Castillo Garcias, Robbie Jimmerson, Lori Levin, Emily Prud'hommeaux, Daisy Rosenblum, Shawn Tsosie, Hilaria Cruz (moderator)

WHEN: October 26, 2021 2:00-2:45pm CDT (UTC -5)


DETAILS: This is event is free and open to anyone! It will be recorded and the recording made publicly available. By joining via Zoom, you agree to have your voice and any image you provide recorded. We plan to provide English-Spanish interpretation.

ABSTRACT: Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) could help sustain, promote, and advance research in indigenous languages of the Americas. However, ASR has not been fully deployed in these languages due to challenges stemming from both the technology and a lack of speakers to create, curate, grow, and code software to satisfy the large amounts of corpus require to run these systems.

Additionally, many researchers working on ASR have traditionally not seen work on endangered languages as profitable. Likewise, technology fields have shown a lack of interest in learning what is needed to engage in a collaborative relationship with these indigenous communities has also slowed the deployment of ASR.

Despite these challenges, there is a growing interest from researchers and native speakers in deploying ASR in their documentation workflows. This panel brings stakeholders (ASR technologists, linguists, and native speakers) who are working on these issues together to discuss current projects, challenges, solutions, and visions for the future of ASR in Native American Languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Phonetics; Phonology

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