Prof. Sandra Chung, Ph.D.
Dr. Matt Wagers
Language Processing Experiments in the Field: An Austronesian Perspective
In this talk, we discuss some of the circumstances and opportunities that arise when doing language processing experiments in the field. We focus on how resource and cultural challenges can shape the design of experiments. Because language communities are diverse, we avoid generalizing very broadly. First, we talk about our own experiences working with the Chamorro communities in the three officially inhabited islands of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. Then, we identify some open questions about language processing related to how comprehenders use word forms to navigate uncertainty when word order is flexible. These questions, we argue, present an ideal opportunity for sustained investigation in Tagalog and other languages of the Philippines.