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Eisteddfod Events

 This year for the first time, the Language Technologies Unit will exhibit in the Science and Technology Pavilion at the National Eisteddfod. Amongst the activities there, we will hold a Hacathon using our speech technology resources all day Saturday the 5th of August. We will have new crossword puzzles on scientific terms every day, and there will be an opportunity to meet Macsen, our Welsh digital personal assistant prototype.

Indeg Williams, holder of the KESS PhD scholarship funded by the Welsh Government, who is researching Computational Models of Welsh for Speech Processing, will present on her work at the Welsh Government stall at 11 in the morning on the 8th of August.

Come and see us during the week!

International Seminar on Terminology and Lexicography

On 4 September, we will be hosting an international seminar in Bangor University on the theme “Resources for Terminology and Lexicography: What we have and what we need”. We will have guest speakers from terminology centres and higher education institutions in Europe.  Read more

Welsh Technology in Support of the Economy

The second Technology and the Welsh Language conference was held by the Language Technologies Unit at Bangor University on the 20th of January 2017, and followed by Hacio’r Iaith on the 21st. This was a great opportunity for academics, policy leaders, and people from the public and private sectors to meet each other and hear about the latest developments in the field of digital technologies and the Welsh language. – Read more

Services to Bilingual Healthcare Awarded

A project to provide Welsh cautionary labels has won the prize for Services to Bilingual Healthcare  in the inaugural Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Achievement Awards. The partners in the project were the Language Technologies Unit (LTU) at Canolfan Bedwyr and the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) at Bangor University, together with the pharmacy team at Ysbyty Gwynedd. – Read more

Publication Date: 23/11/2016

Bangor Researcher joint winner of the BBC NewsHACK award

Dewi Bryn Jones from the Language Technologies Unit at Canolfan Bedwyr was one of the winners of the Audience Facing award at the BBC’s #newsHack: Language Technology, together with BBC Cymru Fyw, BBC Connected Studio, and BBC Digital in London on the 15 and 16 March 2016. The challenge at the event organised by the BBC News Labs was how to help improve journalism in a multilingual environment –
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Publication Date: 22/03/2016

New resources for Welsh speech recognition

During 2015-2016 the Language Technologies Unit team at Canolfan Bedwyr, Bangor University, developed new resources for speaking Welsh with computers.
read more…Publication Date: 18/03/2016

Welsh Language Communication Infrastructure

As part of their session Innovation for Language Technologies and Digital Media Monday afternoon at the National Eisteddfod, Canolfan Bedwyr’s Language Technologies Unit will launch their new project, Welsh Language Communications Infrastructure. read more…

Publication Date: 31/07/2015

National Language Technologies Portal provides key software to develop technology in Welsh

Key software components described as the ‘building blocks’ needed to develop computer technology in Welsh are being released free of charge to companies and individuals, having been developed by Bangor University Language Technologies Unit – read more…

Publication Date: 18/02/2015

Announcing the ‘Through Technology Means’ Conference, Bangor University 06/03/15

A conference to launch the Welsh National Language Technology Portal will be held at Bangor University, Friday the 6th of March 2015. The Portal was developed by the Language Technologies Unit, Canolfan Bedwyr, with a grant from the Welsh Government’s fund for the Welsh Language and Technology. The conference will be opened by Professor John Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University – read more…

Publication Date: 12/01/2015

Ysgrifau ar Ieithyddiaeth a Geiriaduraeth Gymraeg (Essays on Welsh Linguistics and Lexicography)

A volume of papers presented in Welsh by seven prominent linguistic and lexicographical scholars has been published by Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, the virtual college for Welsh-medium university education, on their on-line eLearning platform, Y Porth. – read more…

Publication Date: 03/12/2014

Geiriadur Bangor (Bangor Welsh-English Dictionary)

The BBC’s Welsh English dictionary is back in its new incarnation!

When the BBC’s dictionary was taken down from the web due to the retirement of its old software, a number of people were sad to lose it. Although there are now a number of other on-line Welsh English dictionaries in existence, many users, including Welsh learners, liked its simple, easy to use interface. Its combination of general vocabulary and the latest technical terms was also very popular. – read more…
Publication Date: 19/11/2014

Bangor Terminologists Help South African Universities

Terminologists from Bangor University’s Language Technologies Unit have been advising staff at the University of South Africa, one of the largest higher education institutions in the world, on improving their multilingual terminology service to staff and students.

Delyth Prys and Tegau Andrews spent a week in Pretoria, South Africa, at the invitation of the Academy of African Languages and Science at the University of South Africa (UNISA) College of Graduate Studies. read more…

Publication Date: 03/11/2014

First Minister first to volunteer for Welsh Speech Recognition resource

Carwyn Jones, Wales’ First Minister, was the first to respond to a new appeal by Bangor University for volunteers to record their voices to help create a new Welsh language Speech Recognition Resource.

Speech Recognition systems are important for communicating orally with computers, phone systems, television sets, and all sorts of other electronic equipment. In order to create the technology, hundreds of different people need to be recorded reading out specially prepared scripts. – read more…
Publication Date: 07/07/2014

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Prominent Speakers to address TILT Terminology and Translation Conference

On Thursday 12th June a one day conference for translation practitioners and students will be held at Bangor University in connection with the TILT training programme. The guest speakers at the conference include Anna-lena Bucher, recently retired as the Director General of the Swedish Centre of Terminology. Other prominent speakers are Chris Cox, Chair of the ISO Translation Standards subcommittee, and Doug Lawrence, an expert on Translation and International Business. – read more…
Publication Date: 11/06/2014

Recognition on a monument in San Fransisco

Congratulations to David Chan and Dewi Bryn Jones, as well as to our colleague Rhoslyn Prys from Meddal.com who have had their voluntary contributions to create the Welsh Mozilla Firefox recognised by Mozilla on a monument in San Fransisco – read more…
Publication Date: 23/04/2014

Wikimedia collaborates with Bangor University Language Technologies

A new collaboration between the Wikimedia Foundation and Bangor University has been announced that will enable both parties to share ideas and experiences from developing language technologies for multilingual situations. The collaboration will include integrating components of Bangor’s new TranslateWales.com software with the software that powers Wikipedia. – read more…
Publication Date: 21/02/2014

Developing a system to speak Welsh to your computer

Bangor University’s Language Technology Unit has been awarded a grant of £56,000 from the Welsh Government’s Technology & Welsh Language Fund and an investment from S4C’s digital fund to further develop speech recognition technology for the Welsh language – read more…
Publication Date: 01/01/2014

Welsh dictionary at your fingertips! New Welsh dictionary app and Welsh keyboard launch on Snowdon’s summit

From today, you’ll be able to carry and use a Welsh dictionary anywhere in the world. The new Ap Geiriaduron, or Welsh-English dictionary app is available on iPhone, iPad and Android, and will be used for the first time on the summit of Snowdon, to show how mobile and useful it can be for anyone, whether they are Welsh learners, parents, teachers or students – read more…
Publication Date: 22/10/2012

Welsh language educational terms on-line

The Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews will launch the new Y Termiadur Addysg (Education Terminology Dictionary) web-site in Cardiff on 22 March 2012. The web-site www.termiaduraddysg.org includes a new enlarged version of the popular terminology text published in 2006, with additional features to aid searching for and learning standardized Welsh terms aimed at school children and students of further education colleges – read more…
Publication Date: 23/03/2012

Online Dictionary highlights contribution of University

The pioneering work of the Language Technologies Unit at Canolfan Bedwyr will be highlighted as the Welsh Language Board launches an online version of Geiriadur yr Academi, the Welsh Academy English-Welsh Dictionary – read more…
Publication Date: 29/02/2012