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About LanguageARC

Our inability to understand each other through language hinders our efforts to share a wide variety of knowledge in areas such as science, technology, and culture.
Human language technologies, or computer programs that can produce, modify, or respond to human texts and speech, can help but rely on language resources: dictionaries, grammars, texts and audio recordings that are absent or scarce for most of the world's 7000 languages.

LanguageARC is working to fix that problem, and you can help. Nearly all humans on the planet speak, read, understand, or write at least one language qualifying them to contribute to this effort. LanguageARC features projects spanning a wide variety of languages in which participants can contribute through completing activities such as speech recordings, pronunciation tasks, and dialect surveys. Language data from participants is then collected for research, education, and technology development purposes.

The activities are designed so that you can contribute something in just a few minutes while on the bus, during lunch break or whenever. The more you contribute, the more we are able to understand about language.

Language ARC was developed by the Linguistic Data Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1730377.