Call For Papers: Sub-Saharan African languages: from speech fundamentals to applications

Interspeech 2016 Special Session: Sub-Saharan African languages: from speech fundamentals to applications

This special session aims at gathering researchers in speech technology and researchers in linguistics (working in language documentation and fundamentals of speech science). Such a partnership is particularly important for Sub-Saharan African languages which tend to remain under-resourced, under-documented and often also un-written.

Prospective authors are invited to submit original papers in the following areas:


  • ASR and TTS for Sub-Saharan African languages and dialects
  • Cross-lingual and multi-lingual acoustic and lexical modeling
  • Applications of spoken language technologies for the African continent
  • Phonetic and linguistic studies in Sub-Saharan African languages
  • Zero resource speech technologies: unsupervised discovery of linguistic units
  • Language documentation for endangered languages of Africa
  • Machine-assisted annotation of speech and laboratory phonology
  • Resource / Corpora production in African languages

Submission deadline
Same as regular Interspeech 2016 papers: 23rd March, 2016

Special session web site
For more details on this special session: http://alffa.imag.fr/interspeech-2016-special-session-proposal/

Organizing Committee
Martine Adda-Decker (madda [at] limsi [dot] fr) – CNRS – LPP and LIMSI, France.
Laurent Besacier (laurent [dot] besacier [at] imag [dot] fr) - Univ. Grenoble-Alpes, France - LIG laboratory.
Marelie Davel (marelie [dot] davel [at] nwu [dot] ac [dot] za) – North-West University, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.
Larry Hyman (hyman [at] berkeley [dot] edu) - Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley.
Martin Jansche (mjansche [at] google [dot] com) – Google, London, UK.
Francois Pellegrino (francois [dot] pellegrino [at] univ-lyon2 [dot] fr) – CNRS – DDL Lyon, France.
Olivier Rosec (olivier [dot] rosec [at] voxygen [dot] fr) – Voxygen SAS,- Pleumeur-Bodou, France.
Sebastian Stüker (sebastian [dot] stueker [at] kit [dot] edu) - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.
Martha Tachbelie Yifiru (martha [dot] yifiru [at] aau [dot] edu [dot] et) – School of Information Science, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

AfLaT 2013 - Report

The 2013 edition of the AfLaT workshop series took place on Friday 6 December 2013, at Ghent University. It was the fifth in the series, and conceived differently from previous editions, in that we wanted to broaden our activities by reaching out to all colleagues who have lexical resources for African languages, and are already working with those resources, but have not yet necessarily made the move to using advanced computational routines to speed up the analysis or the building of tools.

And so AfLaT 5 was conceived as a MasterClass, led by the founding members of AfLaT: Guy De Pauw (U Antwerp), Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (U Ghent), and Peter Wagacha (U Nairobi). Researchers were invited to present their current data sets and/or research during max. 20minutes, to be followed by a discussion and advice from those present for 10 min.

On the following pages, you will find some impressions of the workshop. The full book of abstracts can be found here.

Activating your corpus - Guy De Pauw


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