ISCA Archive SIGUL 2023
ISCA Archive SIGUL 2023

The Language Communities as Active Partners in Technology Provisions: the Irish ABAIR Experience

Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Harald Berthelsen, Andrew Murphy, Liam Lonergan, John Sloan, Christoph Wendler, Connor McCabe, Emily Barnes, Christer Gobl

The impact of speech and language technology for the endangered language depends on the extent to which the language community engages with its development. In this paper, the range of speech technologies and applications developed for Irish in the ABAIR initiative in Trinity College Dublin is presented, along with reflections on the many ways in which the language community has come to play an increasingly central role. Community involvement and buy-in is essential for all aspects – not only for the development of core technologies, such as speech synthesis and recognition systems – but to prompt development directions, to determine priorities for the most important and urgently needed applications and to collaborate in their provision. In order for technology to achieve its potential for the endangered language, developers need a knowledge of the language and an understanding of the socio- linguistic context in which the technologies will be used.


doi: 10.21437/SIGUL.2023-25

Cite as: Ní Chasaide, A., Ní Chiaráin, N., Berthelsen, H., Murphy, A., Lonergan, L., Sloan, J., Wendler, C., McCabe, C., Barnes, E., Gobl, C. (2023) The Language Communities as Active Partners in Technology Provisions: the Irish ABAIR Experience. Proc. 2nd Annual Meeting of the ELRA/ISCA SIG on Under-resourced Languages (SIGUL 2023), 116-120, doi: 10.21437/SIGUL.2023-25

@inproceedings{nichasaide23_sigul,
  author={Ailbhe {Ní Chasaide} and Neasa {Ní Chiaráin} and Harald Berthelsen and Andrew Murphy and Liam Lonergan and John Sloan and Christoph Wendler and Connor McCabe and Emily Barnes and Christer Gobl},
  title={{The Language Communities as Active Partners in Technology Provisions: the Irish ABAIR Experience}},
  year=2023,
  booktitle={Proc. 2nd Annual Meeting of the ELRA/ISCA SIG on Under-resourced Languages (SIGUL 2023)},
  pages={116--120},
  doi={10.21437/SIGUL.2023-25}
}