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Research interests

Steven Bird is professor in the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society. He works with speech communities in homelands and diasporas to develop social mobile technologies to support language learning and language revitalisation and maintenance. Steven studied computer science at the University of Melbourne before completing a PhD in computational linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. He has conducted fieldwork in West Africa, South America, Central Asia, Melanesia, and Australia. He has held academic positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Pennsylvania, Melbourne, and UC Berkeley. He serves as Linguist at the Nawarddeken Academy in West Arnhem. Outside of work Steven runs the Aikuma Project and its primary activity of storytelling in the original languages.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Edinburgh

External positions

Linguist, Nawarddeken Academy

31 May 0001 → …

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Research Output 2012 2019

  • 13 Conference Paper published in Proceedings
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Conference article

Evaluating phonemic transcription of low-resource tonal languages for language documentation

Adams, O., Cohn, T., Neubig, G., Cruz, H., Bird, S. & Michaud, A., 1 Jan 2019, LREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation. Isahara, H., Maegaard, B., Piperidis, S., Cieri, C., Declerck, T., Hasida, K., Mazo, H., Choukri, K., Goggi, S., Mariani, J., Moreno, A., Calzolari, N., Odijk, J. & Tokunaga, T. (eds.). European Language Resources Association (ELRA), p. 3356-3365 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper published in ProceedingsResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
documentation
language
resources
linguistics
workflow

Designing mobile applications for endangered languages

Bird, S., Sep 2018, Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages. Rehg, K. L. & Campbell, L. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 842-861 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

language
orthography
Homelands
diaspora
documentation

Image-Gesture-Voice: a Web Component for Eliciting Speech

Bettinson, M. & Bird, S., 12 May 2018, LREC 2018 Workshop: CCURL2018: Sustaining Knowledge Diversity in the Digital Age. Soria, C., Besacier, L. & Pretorius, L. (eds.). Paris, France: European Language Resources Association (ELRA), p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper published in ProceedingsResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Application programs
Linguistics

Cross-lingual word embeddings for low-resource language modeling

Adams, O., Makarucha, A., Neubig, G., Bird, S. & Cohn, T., 1 Jul 2017, Long Papers - Continued. Valencia, Spain: Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Vol. 1. p. 937-947 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper published in ProceedingsResearchpeer-review

language
resources
Language Model
Resources
Language Modeling

Developing a suite of mobile applications for collaborative language documentation

Bettinson, M. & Bird, S., 2017, Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on the Use of Computational Methods in the Study of Endangered Languages. Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), p. 156-164 9 p. W17-0121

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper published in ProceedingsResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Application programming interfaces (API)
Application programs