eGeneration Will Now Convert Bangla To The International Phonetic Alphabet

The ICT Division of Bangladesh, in collaboration with eGeneration, has successfully developed a technology that integrates the Bangla language with computing and ICT, allowing it to become a globally used language.
eGeneration Will Now Convert Bangla To The International Phonetic Alphabet

It will also be used to develop a technology that will enable robots to understand Bangla shortly. It’s called “Dhwani,” and it’s an artificial intelligence device for writing styles based on pronunciation, similar to a converter engine that translates inputs from Bengali to the international phonetic alphabet (IPA).

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It shows how a Bangla word is pronounced in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing, the program allows for the translation of Bangla to IPA.

So far, they’ve created tech tools for speech-to-speech, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and other creative transliterations. It will appear in Bangla if users write Bangla with English letters, such as Avro.

The fonts would automatically appear in Bangla if users write English in Bangla, according to Mahbub Karim, the project’s acting project manager.

Its complete features are available on bangla.gov.bd, but only in trial models. However, after receiving significant feedback, the government plans to re-evaluate it in three months, according to Karim of the Dhaka Tribune.

During the launch of the converter on February 26, ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said that Dhwani would benefit all native speakers of Bangla, including ethnic groups and people with speech-sight-hearing disabilities.

Bangla as an official UN language is also a goal for them, which will necessitate a variety of technological tools, including real-time automated speech-to-speech machine translation, he added.

According to Md Nurul Huda, senior AI and natural language processing director at eGeneration, the project’s main goal was to allow both locals and foreigners to read Bangla with the correct pronunciation.

The project is developing several language technologies and artificial intelligence services and tools. Twenty public-facing services, 16 research tools and resources, eight types of standard and printed resources, and ten types of corpus or datasets are among them.

The project will be funded entirely by the government and will be carried out entirely with locally sourced materials. Dhwani’s creators claim that most services will be available by the end of 2021 and that 16 software tools will be released in stages by 2023 to enrich the Bangla language and serve the general public.

It will be a valuable resource for those conducting research in Bangladesh, they added.

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