11-736 Seminar on Endangered Languages

Alan W Black, Robert Frederking, David Mortensen, Laura Tomokiyo

We are pleased to announce that we are again offering this graduate seminar in Fall 2015. 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 have moved the class to Thursdays. The first class is Thursday September 3.
We will meet in GHC6404, 3:10-4:20.
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 2014 details webpage.

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

Class dates and material covered:
09/03/2015Sem on ELs session 1.pptREF
09/10/2015Language DeathLMT
09/17/2015Speech Tech for unwritten languages, part 1AWB
09/24/2015Speech Tech for unwritten languages, part 2AWB
10/02/2015(Special class) Mystery Language: GuaraniUndisclosed
11/26/2014Thanksgiving DayNative Americans