Artificial Intelligence in the World of Languages

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Summary

Digital advances are revolutionising our linguistic landscape, our possibilities of communication, the interaction between languages and our very identities as human beings:

  • Traditional connections between local communities and indigenous languages are increasingly under pressure not just because of migration and industrialisation, but also owing to the digital dominance of global English.
  • Language apps and other forms of language automation are increasingly impacting on language teaching, language learning and learner motivation.
  • Machine translation has become increasingly efficient in the world of everyday and specialist communication.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is calling into question many fundamental assumptions about the uniqueness of human communication as the automation of speech and voice recognition opens up radically new options for dissociating languages from human individuals.

Creative Multilingualism is investigating the interplay between linguistic diversity and creativity. This call invites applications for funding of projects that explore the role of creativity in the increasing involvement of AI in the world of languages. All applications must be led by a university which is not part of an OWRI consortium

The four themes

  1. Artificial Intelligence and Linguistic Diversity
    Creative Multilingualism’s mission is to explore the creative potential of linguistic diversity, and to make that diversity more visible and valued. Applications are invited for projects that investigate how AI can contribute to this mission.
  2. Artificial Intelligence, Languages and Schools
    Applications are invited for projects that investigate how AI is being used in schools, for example in language teaching or in multilingual creative writing. Projects should complement the work of Creative Multilingualism’s strand 7: Language Learning or work done with schools by other parts of the programme, e.g. Multilingual Poetry in Schools and the Multilingual Performance Project.
  3. Artificial Intelligence and Translation
    The aim of developments in machine translation has typically been to improve communication.  But what about creativity? Is there a role for machine translation in supporting linguistic enjoyment, inventiveness and play? Can machine translation create new forms of language, and new ways of using them? Applications are invited for projects that explore creative uses of AI and translation.  The project should complement the work of Creative Multilingualism’s strand 6: Prismatic Translation.
  4. The Creative Industries, Languages and Artificial Intelligence
    Applications are invited for projects that investigate the interaction between linguistic creativity, AI, and the performing arts. We would particularly welcome proposals from artists, creatives, and those working across STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) at the intersection of languages and AI in and through the creative industries. Projects should connect productively with the work of Creative Multilingualism’s research strand 4: Languages in the Creative Economy, and/or the Multilingual Performance Project.

The maximum grant is £5,000 over the funding period. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Priority may be given to applications where there is some matching funding available but this is not essential.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 30/04/2019

How to make an application

To apply and for further information visit the Artificial Intelligence in the World of Languages call page on the Creative Multilingualism website.

Further Information

Creative Multilingualism is a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research programme funded by the AHRC under its Open World Research Initiative (OWRI). Seven interlocking research strands investigate the creative dimension of languages and linguistic diversity - extending from cognition, naming and intelligibility through performance, texts and translation to language learning. Full details of the programme, the consortium of universities, the range of partners, and the programme’s aims and activities can be found at www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk. For further information about OWRI visit: ahrc.ukri.org/owri.

Contacts

Ciaran Higgins, Communications Officer,
Open World Research Initiative, Queen's University Belfast
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5011
Email: ciaran.higgins@qub.ac.uk 
Twitter: @OWRILanguages 

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