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Technology, Speech and Language

5 Aug 2014 12:44:21

A recent article ‘Natural language processing: is this the end of the written word?’ on TechRadar trumpets the latest developments in the ability of smartphones to process search queries through the use of voice commands. To quote the article, “Devices no...

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Digital tools 'to save languages'

20 Feb 2012 11:31:05

Digital technology often gets accused of accelerating the rise of English at the expense of other languages, but according to a piece on the BBC Technology pages, the internet could be the salvation of endangered languages. As the article mentions, North ...

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With Halloween just round the corner what could be more appropriate than this fun piece from the BBC's Radio 4 From Our Correspondent on some of the illustrious graves of Paris's Montparnasse cemetery. As the author points out, armed with a smartphone, yo...

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Wonderful video on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's YouTube Page of a new experiment at Newcastle University that gives lessons in cooking and French at the same time. Could this task-based learning approach using digital technolog...

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A recent article on Techcrunch looks at the future of interpreting courtesy of Google Translate. The latest version of Google Translate for Android comes with a new feature: Conversation Mode.  This allows you to speak in one language into your phone and ...

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The Future of Language Learning?

20 Feb 2010 08:50:30

Laud help us--Can this really be the future of language learning? This application perhaps has its place, but surely learning a language is all about the journey rather than the arrival?

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