11-736 Seminar on Endangered Languages

Alan W Black, Robert Frederking, Laura Tomokiyo

We are pleased to announce that we are again offering this graduate seminar in Fall 2019. 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 the 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.

Class will be Fridays 4:30-6pm, location GHC6404.

Grade will be based on presentations and class participation.

You can still access the Fall 2017 details webpage. (This course is now being offered once every two years, in the fall semester.)

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

Class dates and material covered:
08/30/2019 Introduction; Wopanaak Language Reclamation ProjectAWB
09/06/2019 Crystal Ch. 1 and 5AWB
09/13/2019Orality, Writing systemsREF/LMT
09/20/2019Working with indigenous communitiesLMT
09/27/2019Project discussionAWB
10/04/2019Speech technology/Unwritten languagesAWB
10/11/2019Unwritten languagesAWB
10/18/2019Initial Project DiscussionsAll
10/25/2019Community Day: offNobody
11/01/2019Swadesh Homework resultsAll
11/08/2019"Put" videos/"Pear" story videoAWB/All
11/15/2019Surprise languageMortensen/All
11/29/2019Thanksgiving DayNative Americans
12/06/2019Project presentationsAll