Decolonising Speech and Language Technology

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After generations of exploitation, Indigenous people often respond negatively to the idea that their languages are data ready for the taking. By treating Indigenous knowledge as a commodity, speech and language technologists risk disenfranchising local knowledge authorities, reenact- ing the causes of language endangerment. Scholars in related fields have responded to calls for decolonisation, and we in the speech and language technology community need to follow suit, and explore what this means for our practices that involve Indigenous languages and the communities who own them. This paper reviews colonising discourses in speech and language technology, and suggests new ways of working with Indigenous communities, and seeks to open a discussion of a postcolonial approach to computational methods for supporting language vitality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics
PublisherInternational Committee on Computational Linguistics
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics - Online, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 8 Dec 202013 Dec 2020


Conference28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics

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