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EACL 2009 Workshop on Language Technologies for African Languages (AfLaT 2009) - Report

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Invited Talk: African Language Families and their Structural Properties

Sonja Bosch

Sonja Bosch presenting (also [1], [2])
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Collecting and Evaluating Speech Recognition Corpora for Nine Southern Bantu Languages

Jaco Badenhorst, Charl Van Heerden, Marelie Davel and Etienne Barnard

Jaco Badenhorst presenting (also [1])Download slides here
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The SAWA Corpus: A Parallel Corpus English - Swahili

Guy De Pauw, Peter Waiganjo Wagacha and Gilles-Maurice de Schryver

Guy De Pauw presenting (also [1], [2])
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Information Structure in African Languages: Corpora and Tools

Christian Chiarcos, Ines Fiedler, Mira Grubic, Andreas Haida, Katharina Hartmann, Julia Ritz, Anne Schwarz, Amir Zeldes and Malte Zimmermann

Mira Grubic presenting (also [1])
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A Computational Approach to Yorùbá Morphology

Raphael Finkel and Odetunji Ajadi Odejobi

Odetunji Ajadi Odejobi presenting (also [1], [2])
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Using Technology Transfer to Advance Automatic Lemmatisation for Setswana

Handré Groenewald

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Part-of-Speech Tagging of Northern Sotho: Disambiguating Polysemous Function Words

Gertrud Faaß, Ulrich Heid, Elsabé Taljard and Danie Prinsloo

Elsabé Taljard presenting (also [1], [2])
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Building Capacities in Human Language Technology for African Languages

Tunde Adegbola

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Initial Fieldwork for LWAZI: A Telephone-Based Spoken Dialog System for Rural South Africa

Tebogo Gumede and Madelaine Plauché

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Setswana Tokenisation and Computational Verb Morphology: Facing the Challenge of a Disjunctive Orthography

Rigardt Pretorius, Ansu Berg, Laurette Pretorius and Biffie Viljoen

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Interlinear Glossing and its Role in Theoretical and Descriptive Studies of African and other Lesser–Documented Languages

Dorothee Beermann and Pavel Mihaylov

Pavel Mihaylov (right) (also [1])Download Poster here
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Towards an Electronic Dictionary of Tamajaq Language in Niger

Chantal Enguehard and Issouf Modi

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A Repository of Free Lexical Resources for African Languages: The Project and the Method

Piotr Bański and Beata Wójtowicz

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Exploiting Cross-Linguistic Similarities in Zulu and Xhosa Computational Morphology

Laurette Pretorius and Sonja Bosch

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Methods for Amharic Part-of-Speech Tagging

Björn Gambäck, Fredrik Olsson, Atelach Alemu Argaw and Lars Asker

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An Ontology for Accessing Transcription Systems (OATS)

Steven Moran

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We would like to thank the organizing committee and the program committee for their valued contributions to the workshop.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Lori Levin: Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (Workshop Chair)
Guy De Pauw: University of Antwerp, Belgium | University of Nairobi, Kenya | AfLaT.org (Workshop Co-Chair)
John Kiango: Director, Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Judith Klavans: University of Maryland, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, USA
Manuela Noske: Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA
Gilles-Maurice de Schryver: African Languages and Cultures, Ghent University, Belgium | University of the Western Cape, South Africa | AfLaT.org
Peter Waiganjo Wagacha: School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi, Kenya | AfLaT.org

PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Akinbiyi Akinlabi, Rutgers University
Yiwola Awoyale, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistic Data Consortium
Moussa Bamba, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistic Data Consortium
Alan Black, Carnegie Mellon University
Sonja Bosch, University of South Africa
Christopher Cieri, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistic Data Consortium
Robert Frederking, Carnegie Mellon University
Dafydd Gibbon, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Jeff Good, SUNY Buffalo
Mike Gasser, Indiana University
Gregory Iverson, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of Language
Stephen Larocca, US Army Research Lab
Michael Maxwell, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of Language
Jonathan Owens, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of Language
Tristan Purvis, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of Language
Antonia Schleicher, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Tanja Schultz, Karlsruhe University
Clare Voss, US Army Research Lab
Briony Williams, University of Wales, Bangor

Abibitumi Kasa Online Afrikan African Language Institute

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Online and Ghana based Afrikan language institute teaching Yoruba class, Twi class and Wolof class.

http://www.abibitumikasa.com

Abibitumi Kasa Afrikan Language Institute: Twi, Yoruba, Wolof Online

Computational Morphological Analysis (University of South Africa)

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The Computational Morphological Analysis project is a unique multidisciplinary research project, requiring knowledge, expertise and skills associated with the disciplines of linguistics of the South African indigenous languages and of computing science.

This project is NRF (National Research Foundation) supported within the Focus Area of Information and Communication Technology (cf. http://www.nrf.ac.za).

The significance of morphological analysis as a basic enabling application for further kinds of NLP is well known. The primary aim of the overall project therefore is the development of computational morphological analysers for Bantu languages, using the natural language independent Xerox Finite-State Tools (http://www.fsmbook.com). This integrated set of tools is used to model and implement the complexities of word-formation rules as well as morphophonological alternations by means of finite-state networks, which in turn are combined together algorithmically into larger networks that perform morphological analysis. Lexical challenges are addressed by means of the development of machine-readable lexicons in XML format, containing knowledge about individual words in the languages.

Project Leader:
Sonja Bosch
boschse [at] unisa [dot] ac [dot] za

Language Rights in Africa

The importance of language by Innocent Maja

The current multidisciplinary language discourse in law, politics, sociology, antropology and linguistic on the importance of language reveals that language is important in at least six ways.

Verbal extension sequencing: An examination from a computational perspective

Verbal extension sequencing: An examination from a computational perspective, Anderson, Winston, and Kotzé Albert E. , 14th International Conference of the African Language Association of Southern Africa, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, (2007)

Morpheme sequencing of the verbal element in Northern Sotho with emphasis on non-concord morphemes: A computational perspective

Morpheme sequencing of the verbal element in Northern Sotho with emphasis on non-concord morphemes: A computational perspective, Anderson, Winston, and Kotzé Petronella M. , 14th International Conference of the African Language Association of Southern Africa, 9-11 July 2007, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, (2007)

2nd CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Track for Human Language Technologies (HLT)

A Special Track for Human Language Technologies (HLT) is being organised by the ALASA Special Interest Group for Language and Speech Technology Development, to run in parallel with the
14th International Conference of the African Language Association
of Southern Africa.

Dates: 9 - 11 July 2007
Venue: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth

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A general blog about Mali with strengths in linguistics and culture.

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