Roles and responsibilities
I am a full-stack developer for the NRC DT Indigenous Language Technology project. I develop and research language revitalization software and user interfaces. I am interested in technology research and development that supports communities in their goals for language revitalization and reclamation.
Current research and/or projects
- Iroquoian verb conjugation tools – I am the lead developer for WordWeaver and WordWeaver-GUI, tools that communicate with language models of Iroquoian languages and visualize the data. The tool is to be used by learners and teachers.
- Speech Synthesis – I am building a speech synthesis system for Mohawk (Iroquoian) to be able to generate speech for the verb conjugation tools described above.
- Interactive aligned text/audio - I am contributing to a project that allows language communities to publish their own interactive text/audio aligned stories. The system is an end-to-end forced text/audio aligner and a web component for visualizing the output.
B.A. (Hons.) Linguistics & First Nations Languages, University of British Columbia, 2016
- Since 2013 I have been a part of the Gitksan Research Lab at UBC, doing linguistic research with the Gitksan community located along the Skeena river in BC.
- I founded and am the lead developer of an organization called Mother Tongues that develops open source digital lexicography software. Mother Tongues also manages over 30 digital “talking” dictionaries with language-specific approximate search algorithms for Indigenous languages from Canada, the US, Japan & Nepal.
- University of British Columba
- Mother Tongues
DT Value for Canada Award (2018)
Dean’s Outstanding Leadership Award for Academic Contributions to the Faculty of Arts, UBC (sole recipient, 2016)
“Language Revitalization”, A. Pine & M. Turin, 2016, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics