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Submission no.
Subject no.
Title of the submission
Wikis for Under Resourced Languages
Type of submission
Author of the submission
Mohammad Nasiruddin
Country of origin
Univ. Grenoble Alpes
E-mail address
Personal homepage or blog

The Word Wide Web (WWW) has been dominated by English language content in its nascent years, however, English is now closely tied with Chinese, followed by languages like Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese and so on (http://www.internetworldstats.com/). With the substantially decreasing costs of bandwidth in developing countries, the Internet user population, that used to be mostly from the North Americas and Europe, is now dominated by countries like China and India. Computerizing under resourced languages is one of the key solutions to preserving them and to building language resources for them. Recently, almost all under resourced languages (except endangered languages) have some degree of computerization, i.e. newspapers, blogs, forums, etc. Besides, currently, Wikipedia articles are written in approximately 285 languages (though the number of article varies from language to language) (http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wikipedias/).

There are several variants to be considered when dealing with under-resourced languages: less or low resourced, less commonly taught languages, minority languages. And are opposed to so-called Majority languages - where ‘majority’ can be interpreted as languages with large amounts of data, or funding, or political interests.

Only a few languages in the world enjoy sustained research interest, and continuous financial support for the development of language resources. Furthermore, due to lack of raw resources, most of the time, researchers lose their interest in those languages, as they may be unable to tackle fundamental problem, whereas a majority language will usually make their work much easier.

This presentation focuses on under resourced languages (mainly Indo-Aryan languages) and discusses several challenges and opportunities that they can bring to the the wiki ecosystem.

Detailed proposal
Wikis in Asia
Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
Language of presentation/talk
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I am fully depending on a scholarship.
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