Kawennón:nis: the Wordmaker for Kanyen’kéha

Anna Kazantseva, Owennatekha Brian Maracle, Ronkwe’tiyóhstha Josiah Maracle, Aidan Pine


Abstract
In this paper we describe preliminary work on Kawennón:nis, a verb conjugator for Kanyen’kéha (Ohsweken dialect). The project is the result of a collaboration between Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa Kanyen’kéha immersion school and the Canadian National Research Council’s Indigenous Language Technology lab. The purpose of Kawennón:nis is to build on the educational successes of the Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa school and develop a tool that assists students in learning how to conjugate verbs in Kanyen’kéha; a skill that is essential to mastering the language. Kawennón:nis is implemented with both web and mobile front-ends that communicate with an application programming interface that in turn communicates with a symbolic language model implemented as a finite state transducer. Eventually, it will serve as a foundation for several other applications for both Kanyen’kéha and other Iroquoian languages.
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W18-4806
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Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Modeling of Polysynthetic Languages
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August
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2018
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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