Gaelic Algorithmic Research Group

Gaelic Algorithmic Research Group

News and resources about computational research on the Gaelic languages

Reading Time: 5 minutes A Linguistic Toolkit for Scottish Gaelic Dr Loïc Boizou (Vytautas Magnus University) and Dr William Lamb (University of Edinburgh) have collaborated on a new bilingual website that provides a linguistic toolkit for Scottish Gaelic. Called Mion-sgrùdaiche Cànanachais na Gàidhlig or the Gaelic Linguistic Analyser, the site provides users with tools for analysing the words and structures of Gaelic […]

Reading Time: 6 minutes English speakers never have to worry about grammatical gender – nouns are just nouns. When I began learning Gaelic in my early twenties, getting to grip with grammatical gender was a challenge. Until I learnt some of the patterns intuitively, I had to look up every new noun in the dictionary to determine its gender, […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute ARCOSG has been used for a range of projects including a voice synthesiser and syntactic parser. It has been newly revised and made compatible with the popular Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK): release available here. A simplified version of the corpus has also been released, ARCOSG-S, which uses a less complex tag scheme (41 tags vs […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute This thoughtful article in the Guardian got me thinking about the fact that the choices we make about representation of Scottish Gaelic in new language tech tools are far from trivial. The balance of ages, genders and dialects, for instance, on a tool like Duolingo can impact the future of the language in ways that […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes With funding from UoE Challenge Investment Fund (Aug 2019), a small team of us have been busy developing the first handwriting recogniser for Scottish Gaelic. To do this, we have used Transkribus, a sophisticated, machine-learning based platform and on-line text repository. The work began with the Digital Imaging Unit scanning about 2500 pages of handwritten manuscripts […]

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