8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

SpeechIndexer in Action: Managing Endangered Formosan Languages

Jozsef Szakos (1), Ulrike Glavitsch (2)

(1) Department of Indigenous Languages and Communication, National Dong Hua University, Hualian, Taiwan
(2) Department of Computer Science, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Among the most endangered languages of the World, Formosan Austronesian vernaculars occupy a sadly prominent place. Two decades spent in language documentation would only weakly repair the broken transmission chain between the generations of speakers, if there had been no chance to develop SpeechIndexer, a novel software combining portability, adaptability for processing large amount of speech data and its first transcription. This presentation introduces the situation of the languages under investigation and shows examples of SpeechIndexer used for marking up and retrieving spoken corpus data, archived for preservation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Szakos, Jozsef / Glavitsch, Ulrike (2007): "Speechindexer in action: managing endangered Formosan languages", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 4017-4019.