Overall goals

  • Synergise Arctic Linguistic Education;
  • Sustain endangered language communities in the circumpolar region by supporting and developing language technologies;
  • Revitalise and make sustainable endangered languages in the circumpolar region gearing with language technologies;
  • Cooperate in research;
  • Student exchange;

Main activities 

The core activity of the network is to document language practices and build language technology for the circumpolar indigenous languages. Based upon technology and infrastructure developed at UiT (in cooperation with other institutions), computational models are being developed for the indigenous languages all around Arctic. The Tromsø infrastructure has been already successfully used to build large-scale computational models for Saami languages, for Greenlandic, Nenets, Komi and Kven, and we have basic models for a score of other languages as well, including Buryad, Evenki, Plains Cree and Iñupiaq.

Past activities

  • Workshop between the Buryat State University and the UiT Arctic University of Norway on April 13-18, 2015;
  • 2nd (International) Computational workshop for Indigenous languages (CWIL) – (UiT and UAlberta, Edmonton) June 2015;
  • Seminar on Language Documentation in November 2014 at the Buryat State University;
  • International Conference "Language Documentation and Language Technology for Lesser-Used Languages in Northeast Asia" organised by the Buryat State University in August 23-26, 2015;

Planned activities 

  • Exchange of linguistic materials and resources, development of corpora and language learning resources for endangered languages;
  • Yearly workshop on Language technology and Language documentation for circumpolar languages;
  • PhD course in "General and Applied Linguistics" at the Buryat State University;
  • Student exchange via on campus, on-line education and/or international semester in Norway, Finland, Russian Federation, Greenland or Canada;
  • Increasing teachers' and researchers' mobility within the TN.