11-736 Seminar on Endangered Languages

Alan W Black, Robert Frederking, Lori Levin, Laura Tomokiyo

We are pleased to announce that we are again offering this graduate seminar in Fall 2013. The purpose of this seminar is to allow students to better understand the linguistic, social and political issues when working with language technologies for endangered languages. Often in LTI we concentrate on issues of modeling with small amounts of data, or designing optimal strategies for collecting data, but ignore many of wider practical issues that appear when working with endangered languages.

This seminar will consist of reading books and papers, and having participants give presentations; a few invited talks (e.g. from field linguists, and language advocates) will also be included. It will count for 6 units of LTI course credit. It may be possible for interested students to also carry out a related 6-unit project as a lab.

We will meet on Tuesdays, 3:00-4:20, room GHC6404.
Note: this is a different number from the non-existent room in the HUB listing!

Grade will be based on presentations and class participation.

You can still access the Fall 2012 details webpage.

Please contact AWB, LSL, LMT, or REF if interested, or if you have any questions.

Class dates and material covered:
08/27/2013Sem on ELs session 1.pptREF
09/10/2013Crystal bookAWB
09/17/2013Encoding traditional knowledgeLMT/AWB
10/01/2013Pacific Northwest and BCLittell
10/08/2013Project discussion 1All
10/15/2013Surprise Language 1Mehmud
10/22/2013Project discussion 2/Writing systemsAll/AWB
11/12/2013Speech processing without textAWB
11/19/2013Selected papers 1LMT/all
11/26/2013Selected papers 2all
12/03/2013Project presentations postponedall
12/10/2013Project presentationsall