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Transcription Acceleration Project (TAP) update

Janet Wiles, Technology, University of Queensland

Date: 21 December 2018

The Transcription Acceleration Project (TAP) has run a series of workshops introducing linguists to Speech Recognition (ASR) techniques, with the intention of amplifying the effort that they put into transcribing their corpora. Work has gone into building better interfaces to these notoriously difficult-to-use tools, with the result that during the workshops, participants were able to build language models for 16 endangered or low-resource languages from the Asia-Pacific region, including Arrernte, Bininj Kunwok, Cook Islands Maori, Ende, Mangarrayi, Nafsan, Warlpiri and Pitjantjatjara. Using a trained model, a linguist can obtain a best-guess transcription for untranscribed audio. The software is now publicly available, with online learning resources in development to enable the global language community to benefit from the work.

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University