Oliver Adams

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The Discriminating between Similar Languages (DSL) shared task at VarDial challenged participants to build an automatic language identification system to discriminate between 13 languages in 6 groups of highly-similar languages (or national varieties of the same language). In this paper, we describe the submissions made by team UniMelb-NLP, which took part(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using a 4-hours-on-duty and 2-hours-off-duty schedule in the operation of advanced aerospace systems. Two B-52 combat-ready crews were confined for 15 days in a simulated advanced system crew compartment and were tested with a battery of five performance tasks and four psychophysiological(More)
Language documentation begins by gathering speech. Manual or automatic transcription at the word level is typically not possible because of the absence of an orthography or prior lexicon, and though manual phonemic transcription is possible, it is prohibitively slow. On the other hand, translations of the minority language into a major language are more(More)
Translation models have been used to improve automatic speech recognition when speech input is paired with a written translation, primarily for the task of computer-aided translation. Existing approaches require large amounts of parallel text for training the translation models, but for many language pairs this data is not available. We propose a model for(More)
Proliferating smartphones and mobile software offer linguists a scalable, networked recording device. This paper describes Aikuma, a mobile app that is designed to put the key language documentation tasks of recording, respeaking, and translating in the hands of a speech community. After motivating the approach we describe the system and briefly report on(More)
Most languages have no established writing system and minimal written records. However, textual data is essential for natural language processing, and particularly important for training language models to support speech recognition. Even in cases where text data is missing, there are some languages for which bilingual lexicons are available, since creating(More)