Technologies for Minority Languages
On Wednesday 27 June 2018, the Campus Fryslân - University of Groningen and Mercator/ Fryske Akademy host a symposium about digital technologies for minority languages. Increasingly, minority languages like Frisian are supported with digital technologies be they automatic translation, serious games, synthetic voices, online courses, or any number of dedicated mobile apps. These tools can help smaller and under-resourced languages by engaging new learners, facilitating online communities for minority languages, and can also play a role in documentation efforts.
This symposium is dedicated to activities through which researchers, companies and citizens can strengthen Frisian. Speakers from academia, the private sector and government discuss and showcase their work with interactive demonstrations of games and apps.
The symposium is a part of the COLING workshop (made possible by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie RISE "COLING" grant) and takes place in Gebouw Z in Leeuwarden (The Netherlands).
The symposium is free of charge, but applying via this LINK is necessary.
|9.30||Walk-in with coffee/tea|
|10.00||Welcome by Prof Jouke de Vries|
|10.05||Opening by Dr Matt Coler|
|10.15||A Citizen Science Approach to Sampling Minority Language with Smart Phone Apps - Dr Nanna Hilton|
|Frisian technologies for Frisian learners at the Fryske Akademy - Dr Jelske Dijkstra, Dr Wilbert Heeringa and Lysbeth Jongbloed, Researchers at Fryske Akademy and Mercator|
|11.45||Grendel Games: Apps for Minority Languages - Anne Draaisma, Art Director at Grendel Games|
|13.00||The Digital Language Diversity Project - Dr Claudia Soria, Researcher at the A Zampolli Institute for Computational Linguistics, Pisa, Italy|
|13.50||Panel discussion: The future of minority languages|