In this talk, I talk about “language technologies” – tools that people create to achieve their goals about language and using language – and how modern, digital language technologies like Google Translate or Amazon Alexa work. People often ask “Are tools like these possible in languages like Nêhiyawêwin? How would we make them?” I talk a little about the requirements for different technologies, and efforts to lower those requirements so that people can more easily make language technologies for their own languages.
Patrick Littell is a Research Officer with the National Research Council of Canada, in the Digital Technologies Research Centre. Dr. Littell concentrates on making it easier for people to create interactive digital technologies for their own languages, from verb conjugators to karaoke videos.
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