Paper: Documenting Endangered Languages with the WordsEye Linguistics Tool

ACL ID W14-2202
Title Documenting Endangered Languages with the WordsEye Linguistics Tool
Venue Workshop on the Use of Computational Methods in the Study of Endangered Languages
Session
Year 2014
Authors

In this paper, we describe how field lin- guists can use the WordsEye Linguistics Tool (WELT) to study endangered lan- guages. WELT is a tool under devel- opment for eliciting endangered language data and formally documenting a lan- guage, based on WordsEye (Coyne and Sproat, 2001), a text-to-scene generation tool that produces 3D scenes from text in- put. First, a linguist uses WELT to create elicitation materials and collect language data. Next, he or she uses WELT to for- mally document the language. Finally, the formal models are used to create a text- to-scene system that takes input in the en- dangered language and generates a picture representing its meaning.