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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|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, Tomas Ferrer Deheza|
|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|