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5.3.5. Brazil

FLaReNet Summary

There is no national program on HLT in Brazil, but several research centers working in this area within universities. Several projects are being conducted on LR for the Brazilian Portuguese language.

Contact Point Input

National/Regional contact: Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

Programs

There is no national program on HLT in Brazil. The main research centers working in this area are:

   * Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
      http://www.inf.ufrgs.br/pln/nlp/
      http://www6.ufrgs.br/textquim/index.php
      http://www6.ufrgs.br/termisul/ (http://www6.ufrgs.br/termisul/equipeTermisul.php)

   * Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR)
      http://www2.dc.ufscar.br/~helenacaseli/
      http://www2.dc.ufscar.br/~lucia/

   * University of São Paulo- São Carlos (USP-SC)
      http://nilc.icmc.sc.usp.br/nilc/index.html

   * Pontifical Catholic University/RS (PUCRS)
      http://www.inf.pucrs.br/~linatural/englishversion/equipe.html

   * Pontifical Catholic University/RJ (PUCRJ)
      http://www.letras.puc-rio.br/Clic/projetos.htm
      http://learn.inf.puc-rio.br/index.php/Welcome_to_LEARN_homepage!

   * University of São Paulo (USP)
      http://www.ime.usp.br/~liamf/LIAMFpeople.html

Some projects related to LR in Brazil:

   - Fala Brasil - Reconhecimento de Voz para o Português Brasileiro from Federal University of Para, Brasil: Speech corpus

   - The Spoltech Brazilian Portuguese (LDC2006S16)

   - Prompted sentences and answers to questions from multiple regions of Brazil

   - West Point Brazilian Portuguese Speech (LDC2008S04)

   - Digital recordings of spoken Brazilian Portuguese collected by CTELL to develop acoustic models for speech recognition systems. Used to provide speech-recognition enhanced language learning courseware to government linguists and students