LISBON 10-12
APRIL 2014
LISBON 10-12
APRIL 2014

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Talks > Open source technologies for language diversity

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Language

English

Abstract

There are currently around 7.000 languages spoken all over the world - but each two weeks a language dies. In general we see a strong tendency to learn and use only the major languages such as English, German, French, etc., especially in electronic communication. This is partly caused by the lack of hardware (e.g. keyboards) and software (for transliteration, text completion, etc.) for lesser-used languages, which constrain the natural usage of people's own language in many tasks. Our goal is to turn that process in exactly the other direction: every successful technology can also be used to teach, revitalize and therefore boost the use of regional languages. This technology should also assist the renewal of local languages and cultures by allowing people to actively teach, learn, extend, and spread their language in their community. Our aim is to give people the ability to use their mother tongue in everyday electronic communication, no matter where they are and whatever language they speak.

The Poio project develops language technologies to support communication in lesser-used and under-resourced languages on and with electronic devices. Within the Poio project we develop text input services with text prediction and transliteration for mobile devices and desktop users to allow conversation in hundreds of languages between individuals and in online communities. Poio started as a language revitalization project at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation in Minde/Portugal, a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and preservation of linguistic heritage.

http://www.poio.eu

Proposal date

2013-11-19 10:12:08

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Comments

Tiago "xrl" Farto
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So in 26 years 25 days 13 hours 37 minutes and 12 seconds there won't be any language left?

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Peter Bouda
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I think it means that in 270 years there will be only Minderico left.. :-)

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Dan Peddle
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+1 for the topic, would be interested to know more about how you approach translation issues, analysing communication etc.

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Francisco M.S Ferreira
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I'm extremelly curious about this one :)

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Filipe Lopes
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Can't stop thinking of the possibilities of this project. Can it include made-up languages (like elvish in LOTR)? I know this is a serious project, but it would be awesome!

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Peter Bouda
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+ Filipe Lopes, yes, that's definitely possible and I was actually thinking about having some of those constructed languages in Poio. More Klingon language for the web! :-)

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Lino Silva
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Jokes apart, it seems like a very noble project. Kudos!

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Igor Antunes
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Very curious about this theme xD Upvodated :p don't make me regret it :p

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Rui Grandão Rocha
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Really curious here.

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José Miguel Malaca
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like it :D good luck for your talk ;)

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Tiago Rorke
on , said:

Looks like a great and hugely valuable initiative! Would love to learn more about the capabilities of the tools. Up voted!

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Bruno Azevedo
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Seems interesting

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Marco Amado
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+ Peter Bouda, ah, yes, very interesting and all, but... can you make it work with LEGOs? :p

Seriously, this is something really important; here, take my upvote.

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Pedro Costa
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Computer says yes!!!

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Pedro Costa
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Computer says yes!!!

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Ana Figueiras
on , said:

This seems really interesting. Hope it gets approved.

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Nuno Veloso
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+ Peter Bouda, you sir, have the most interesting talk of all. I speak several languages and it is a topic that I have been debating about without real outcome. I didn't know this initiative, so I'll gladly be sitting at your talk. At the front row. +1

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Mário Gago
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Esperanto = Visual Basic ?

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Henrique Rodrigues
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I'm very much interested in Natural Language Processing, so this should be very interesting.

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