I had the privilege to give a talk at the second TEDxLjubljana, themed language & communication.
My talk touches upon the latest developments in mainstream language technology and how all of this matters to “minor” languages.
In 100 years, language economics indicates that up to 90% of currently spoken languages may go extinct. Some of them are beyond saving, so it is important that we have the tools to preserve as much unique knowledge contained in these languages as possible. For the rest, we are seeing significant improvements in technologies that are making their daily use more viable.
Special mention goes to Google Translator Toolkit, that – provided that it takes off – may mean an unprecedented increase in the quality of the parallel corpora that Google Translate uses to facilitate a real-time multilingual web.
Thanks to the organizers for the great time we all had there and I hope to see the next one really soon!
(and don’t forget to post the videos from the event ;))