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LINGO7 CONFERENCE: Theme session: Computational linguistics, including CALL and Machine Translation

LINGO7 CONFERENCE
Linguistics Society of South Africa (LSSA), the South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT) and the South African Applied Linguistics Association (SAALA)
4-6 July 2007

Potchefstroom Campus of the North West University, South Africa
Theme session: Computational linguistics, including CALL and Machine Translation

14th International Conference of the African Language Association Of Southern Africa (ALASA)

14th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE AFRICAN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (ALASA)
9 - 11 JULY 2007

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth Special Track for HLT: HLT research in South Africa - towards sustainable development

Deadline for abstracts: 30 March 2007
Summary: 100 words
Length of abstracts: 500-800 words

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES AND PEOPLE NEEDED

The Centre for Text Technology (CTexT) at the North-West University (South Africa) is developing proprietary spelling checkers for various African languages. In order to conduct this project successfully, we are currently sourcing various resources, most notably electronic resources (word lists, corpora, etc.) and people (experts and assistants) to contribute to the project.

BACKGROUND

African language resources at UCLA

Description: 

Documentation of Chadic languages of Nigeria. Information on Hausa. Complete Hausa language course.

National HLT network (NHN)

Description: 

This site is hosted by the Meraka institute. On the NHN webpage one can find tools, resources, news, information, and other like-minded researchers who all share a passion for HLT research in South Africa.

kasahorow Communication Group, Suuch Solutions

Description: 

We work on making generic tools for African languages. We are currently working on enabling web publishing for African languages.

  • African language content publishing platform (based on Drupal)
    • Virtual online keyboard for inputting (Unicode) character set range of African languages

Some of our tools can be seen in action at www.dictionary.kasahorow.com

Project Leads:
Chris Manu
Paa Kwesi Imbeah

AfLaT users: 

CTexT (Centre for Text Technology)

Description: 

On 1 June 2004 CTexT (Centre for Text Technology) started functioning as a non-profit, self-supporting unit of the Research Focus Area: Languages and Literature in the South African Context in the Faculty of Arts at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). The staff at CTexT occupy themselves with a variety of research and development activities. A close interaction between such research and development activities is aspired towards: research should, wherever possible, lead/contribute to product development, whereas all products are rooted in thorough research. The four main activities of the Centre for Text Technology involve the following:

  • Research (including basic research, strategic research, applied research, and market research)
  • Development (including development of sources and end-user applications & products)
  • Commercialisation of products and services
  • Maintenance of products and support to end users/clients
AfLaT users: 

Special Interest Group: Human-Computer Interaction in South Africa

Description: 

This site is aimed at everybody with an interest in developing the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Usability in South Africa.

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