I was recently invited to participate at the invitation-only conference Language Technologies for All at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris to be held in December. This conference aims at addressing the problem of an existing gap between languages regarding the availability of language technologies. There is a disproportion between the availability of language technologies to speakers of big languages, such as English, as opposed to such technologies in smaller languages. The most disprivileged are languages whose communities have less political power and recognition. Since 2019 has been celebrated by UNESCO as International Year of Indigenous Languages this a great opportunity to discuss the technological needs of indigenous languages in the ever evolving world of AI and NLP. I am really happy to be able to contribute to this event with my experience of working on Nafsan, an indigenous language spoken in Vanuatu. The invitation to this conference is a result of the work I presented at Human language technologies as a challenge for computer science and linguistics — 2019 in Poznan. The paper about community engagement and language technology training I published with my colleagues is available here and it was awarded as the best student at the Poznan conference! I am really excited to be able to share my insights and learn from other scholars and industry representatives in December in Paris.

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