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Rijksuniversiteit Groningen/Campus Fryslân

Symposium: Technologies for Minority Languages

When:We 27-06-2018 09:30 - 14:45
Where:Campus Fryslân, Zaailand 106, Leeuwarden

You are warmly invited to join the symposium on Technologies for Minority Languages. The symposium, which is made possible thanks to support from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE "COLING" grant, will take place on Wednesday 27 June in Leeuwarden.

The symposium, which is made possible thanks to support from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE "COLING" grant, will take place on Wednesday 27 June at Tresoar in Leeuwarden.

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.

Tentative programme

Time Event
9.30 Walk-in
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

11.00

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
12.30 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
14.45 End

Mercator
Mercator
Fryske Akademy
Fryske Akademy