AHRC Call for Artificial Intelligence in the World of Languages

Creative Multilingualism is a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research programme funded by the AHRC under its Open World Research Initiative (OWRI).

This new call invites applications for funding of projects that explore the role of creativity in the increasing involvement of AI in the world of languages.

Creative Multilingualism is interested in projects which link to the following four themes:

1. Artificial Intelligence and Linguistic Diversity 

Creative Multilingualism’s mission is to explore the creative potential of linguistic diversity, and to make that diversity more visible and valued. Applications are invited for projects that investigate how AI can contribute to this mission.

2. Artificial Intelligence, Languages and Schools 

Applications are invited for projects that investigate how AI is being used in schools, for example in language teaching or in multilingual creative writing. Projects should complement the work of Creative Multilingualism’s strand 7: Language Learning or work done with schools by other parts of the programme, e.g. Multilingual Poetry in Schools and the Multilingual Performance Project.

3. Artificial Intelligence and Translation 

The aim of developments in machine translation has typically been to improve communication. But what about creativity? Is there a role for machine translation in supporting linguistic enjoyment, inventiveness and play? Can machine translation create new forms of language, and new ways of using them? Applications are invited for projects that explore creative uses of AI and translation. The project should complement the work of Creative Multilingualism’s strand 6: Prismatic Translation.

4. The Creative Industries, Languages and Artificial Intelligence 

Applications are invited for projects that investigate the interaction between linguistic creativity, AI, and the performing arts. Proposals would be particularly welcomed from artists, creatives, and those working across STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) at the intersection of languages and AI in and through the creative industries. Projects should connect productively with the work of Creative Multilingualism’s research strand 4: Languages in the Creative Economy, and/or the Multilingual Performance Project.

All applications must be led by a university which is not part of an OWRI consortium.

Applications from practitioners, and from researchers outside academia, are welcome.

Awards up to £5,000 are available. For successful applicants, the registration fee for the workshop Artificial Intelligence in the World of Languages (held in Pittsburgh, USA on 5 September 2019) will be waived and they will be able to apply for a travel bursary.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 30 April 2019.

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