Speech to Speech translation
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, recently announced that they developed an AI translation engine that can translate from an unwritten language. So far AI translations depended on the availability of a vast amount of text material for the language that needed to be translated. With speech-to-speech translation that constraint has been overcome. Meta demonstrated this translation with Holkien, a southern Chinese language spoken by 46 million people. These results provide hope to translate 3000+ other languages in the world that do not have a script either!
LJL in partnership with CooLingo
Linguistics Justice League is excited to partner with CooLingo! CooLingo app was developed by Abdul Rahman Hamadeh, Moayed Haji Ali, and Sarieh Srda under the guidance from Prof. Aykut Erdem and Prof. Gözde Gül Şahin.
CooLingo, voice-enabled chatbot that aims to make language learning more fun and engaging by simulating real-life conversations. While engaging with the user in a conversation, CooLingo can track the user’s language errors, provide personalized feedback and adjust the difficulty level to ensure that the user is always challenged but not overwhelmed. They do this by using state-of-the-art artificial intelligence models.
We made a lot of exciting progress on EduLang this month! EduLang’s UI has been revamped and we are looking forward to improving and adding new features to EduLang in the coming month. Keep an eye out for EduLang’s latest update in the google play store, coming out in the next week or so!
Linguistics Justice League Challenge
Linguistics Justice League partnered with creAItivity to host an event to gather ideas that help bridge the gap between low and high-resource languages through Artificial Intelligence!
We hosted an event on October 29th where teams learned about NLP (Natural Language Processing), APIs, and came up with project proposals to help low-resource communities learn English!
New Team members
Linguistics Justice League's family is growing!We are so proud to say that LJL volunteers come from different backgrounds with diverse skillset. Please join us in welcoming our rockstar team members who believe in LJL's mission and are committed to dedicating their valuable time volunteering with LJL
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Evolution of human language
By Lealam Birhanu
Language is the outcome of human beings’ evolution and its increasing need to exchange information. Through our body language and then via drawings on the walls of caves, communication had always been the core of society, its development tool. Our ancestors needed more than drawings, so they invented language, the spur to where we are now. They agreed upon what to call this and how to say that. They developed their minds, got their tongue around, and found speaking. Thousands of years passed to finally learn that the languages in use were prisoners of time and place. In order to prevent these limitations and transfer history, culture, and tradition to generations, written languages got constructed. As much as the beginning of language is interesting, the development of spoken languages to written ones is also fascinating to look at.
In general, the immense interest of humans to assure their existence even in another era and put things in writing led to its current development. Finally, it is worth noting that any writing system can serve any language after stipulating some necessary changes. This shows that no natural relation exists between written and spoken language.
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