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How are you going to build a machine translation system unless you know at least a little bit about language? You will be required to give a short presentation (~10 minutes) on a particular language, e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Hindi, Italian, or Maltese.

You should prepare three to six slides for your presentation, covering language facts (demographics, location, etc.) important linguistic characteristics (orthography, morphology, syntax) and computational efforts such as resources, tools, papers. For instance, how many entries are there about the language in the MT Archive and what are they generally about? Be creative and have fun. Asking for help from native speakers or language experts is great. But you are ultimately responsible for the presentation.

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Day Language   Presenter(s)
October 3 Italian Nawaf Al-Dhelaan, Jingyi Wu, Huanyu Yang
October 5 Singlish Shuo Sun, Ke Li, Xutai Ma, Shijia Liu
October 10 Hindi Adhiraj Yadav, Dhananjay Singh, Manya Wadhwa, Vishal Rao
October 12 Spanish Achintya Gopal, Philip Piantone, Eric Calder et al.
October 17 Hebrew Shijie Wu, Chenyang Zhao, Pamela Shapiro, Lawrence Wolf-Sonkin
October 24 Esperanto Harrison Huh, Shreya Aggarwal, Alex Gain
October 26 Japanese Zikun Chen, Yu Zhao, Fan Yang
October 31 French Channing Kimble-Brown, Rebecca Marvin, Najoung Kim, Steven Shearing
November 2 Korean Xiaofeng Qiu, Ziyan Wang, Kwang Bin Lee, Baekchun Kim
November 7 Brazilian Portuguese   Tanay Agarwal, Ryan Newell, Jonathan Liu, Gary Qian, Dylan Lewis
November 9 ASL Xuan Zhang, Digvijay Singh, Yirui Wang
November 14 Mandarin Dongji Gao, Kun QIan, Szu-Jui Chen
November 14   Telugu Sankalp Kolhe, Aswin, Nikhil Kulkarni, Rohit Ravoori, Amitoj Kaur