Automatic Speech Recognition for Endangered Languages - Dr. Hilaria Cruz

Come join the first Discourse and Semiotics Workshop of the semester -- a talk by linguist Dr. Hilaria Cruz. Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) is a fascinating and burgeoning technology that has near limitless potential. What used to be considered science fiction, the ability to speak in natural language and have a computer recognize and act, is now commonplace. It has entered our homes in the form of Alexa, Siri and OK Google. But this technology has been limited to major, dominant languages such as English, German, and Spanish. Major companies developing tools for automatic speech recognition in major languages are not interested in developing these technologies for languages with a small number of speakers arguing lack of profitability.

The rapid development of ASR technologies, especially the deployment of neural networks, could help expedite transcription, translation, and linguistic annotation in endangered languages. More data in a language can increase its linguistic research, revival, and promotion. Before this can be achieved there are many technological and methodological hurdles that must be overcome in order to fully harness these technologies for lesser-studied languages. 

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Stevenson Hall, 417
101 E. Centennial Walk , Louisville, Kentucky, 40208

Event Type



Arts & Sciences, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, English, Humanities, Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Classical/Modern Languages, Spanish




linguistics, endangered languages, ASR, computational linguistics, computer science

Contact Name

Andrea Olinger

Contact Phone Number


Contact Email

Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity

University of Louisville

2301 S. 3rd St.

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Get in touch

(502) 852-6171

Contact us