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Symposium: Technologies for Minority Languages

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. 


Tentative programme

Time Event
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
12.25 Lunch
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
14.30 Wrap up