Can Speech Technologies Save Indigenous Languages from Dying?

A respeaking activity with a Kunwinjku speaker in Northern Australia

World’s languages are disappearing

“The loss of language is more severe than the loss of land. Language death in my view means loss of cultural autonomy, loss of spiritual and intellectual sovereignty, loss of soul, if I may use this term metaphorically.”

How are we documenting endangered languages?

Speech recognition in language documentation

The “big data” narrative could be problematic

The quest of supporting language health

So, can speech technologies save indigenous languages from dying?

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Joshua Yang

Joshua Yang

Recent Melbourne CS Master Graduate with a focus on Speech Technology, HCI, NLP & Indigenous languages. Hails From Taiwan & Australia.