Fatima Hamlaoui

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The project Breaking the Unwritten Language Barrier (BULB), which brings together linguists and computer scientists, aims at supporting linguists in documenting unwritten languages. In order to achieve this we develop tools tailored to the needs of documentary linguists by building upon technology and expertise from the area of natural language processing,(More)
In this paper we investigate the automatic detection of phoneme boundaries in audio recordings of an unknown language. This work is motivated by the needs of the project BULB which aims to support linguists in documenting unwritten languages. The automatic phonemic transcription of recordings of the unwritten language is part of this. We cannot use(More)
In this paper we investigate the automatic detection of phoneme boundaries in audio recordings with the help of deep bidirectional LSTMs. This work is motivated by the needs of the project BULB which aims to support linguists in documenting unwritten languages. The automatic detection of phoneme boundaries in audio recordings of a new language is part of(More)
Epistemic modals relativize the truth value of a proposition to some body of knowledge. It is thus reasonable to consider that their truth conditions concern at least as much the attitude of the speaker(s) towards the proposition as the content of the proposition itself. Epistemic modals can be seen as evidential comments on propositions (von Fintel and(More)
High Tone Spreading (HTS), by which an underlying High tone associated with a mora spreads rightwards and associates with one or several following moras, is a major tonal process in Bàsàá (Cameroon, Bantu A43). We here examine the domain of application of this process and establish that HTS allows us to determine the right edge of Phonological Phrases. We(More)
This article discusses a type of sentences found in the Western Nilotic language Dholuo (Kenya, Tanzania) that was argued by Cable (2012) to provide clear evidence for the existence of natural languages in which the preverbal subject position of a tensed verb can optionally be left empty (contra Chomsky, 1981). The structural passive treatment of these(More)
Languages vary in the types of contexts that affect prosodic prominence. This paper reports on a production study investigating how different types of foci influence prosody in Polish. The results show that focus and givenness in Polish are both marked prosodically, with pitch and intensity as the main acoustic correlates. Polish patterns like English in(More)
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