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Google's speech recognition has a gender bias

In my last post, I looked at how Google’s automatic speech recognition worked with different dialects. To get this data, I hand-checked annotations  more than 1500 words from fifty different accent tag videos . 985 more words

Language Variation Suite - New Version Release

LVS  (an interactive toolkit for sociolinguists) has been enhanced with new features: 1) Excel and CSV formats, 2) Recoding and factor modification, and 3) Token Frequency extraction from text files. 88 more words

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If you can’t be bothered to read my thesis, read this instead (by Michaela Salmon)

A few weeks ago, Lauren Godfrey-Smith wrote about her experience with 3MT. As Lauren describes, getting your PhD dissertation across to a broad audience in only three minutes is no mean feat but the challenge ultimately helps to clarify the content. 816 more words

Professor Charles Forsdick's multilingualism and translation activities

Professor Charles Forsdick – who is currently AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow for Translating Cultures – has recently organized and contributed to a number of events that have underlined the place of translation and multilingualism in Modern Languages. 504 more words


The importance of "small talk" in a social setting

For someone with mediocre social skills and very high observation and cognitive skills, various people have asked me about the mistakes people make while interacting with others. 349 more words

Slanguage and ‘dinky di’ Aussie talk in elections

Howard Manns, Monash University

Co-written with Kate Burridge

Bill Shorten’s been telling us he wants to give Australians a “fair go”. Malcolm Turnbull has decried Labor for an “assault on the Australian spirit”. 1,264 more words


Postgraduate postcards: Elizabeth Burgess in Alicante

Even in the final weeks of their graduate studies, Modern Languages & Cultures graduate students are mobile, and Elizabeth Burgess has just returned from a visit to Alicante, Spain. 245 more words