AfLaT 2013 - Report

The 2013 edition of the AfLaT workshop series took place on Friday 6 December 2013, at Ghent University. It was the fifth in the series, and conceived differently from previous editions, in that we wanted to broaden our activities by reaching out to all colleagues who have lexical resources for African languages, and are already working with those resources, but have not yet necessarily made the move to using advanced computational routines to speed up the analysis or the building of tools.

And so AfLaT 5 was conceived as a MasterClass, led by the founding members of AfLaT: Guy De Pauw (U Antwerp), Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (U Ghent), and Peter Wagacha (U Nairobi). Researchers were invited to present their current data sets and/or research during max. 20minutes, to be followed by a discussion and advice from those present for 10 min.

On the following pages, you will find some impressions of the workshop. The full book of abstracts can be found here.

Activating your corpus - Guy De Pauw

Simple tools for corpus processing - Georges Mertens

Using a diachronic Swahili prose & poetry corpus for linguistic research - Maud Devos

Semantic classification of Dutch and Afrikaans noun-noun compounds - Ben Verhoeven, Walter Daelemans and Gerhard van Huyssteen

Exploiting corpora and multimedia databases: A first study on double and triple negation in Nsong (B85d) - Joseph Koni Muluwa

A corpus-based study of the Lusoga grammar - Minah Nabirye

Building a hybrid set of diachronic Kikongo corpora - Gilles-Maurice de Schryver

Negation markers, focus markers and Jespersen cycles in Kikongo (Bantu, H16): a comparative and diachronic corpus-based approach - Jasper De Kind

L’étude comparative et de contacts des langues africaines par l’ordinateur, un casse-tête !!! - Jean-Pierre Donzo Bunza

Un corpus du kirundi. Description, usages et perspectives - Ferdinand Mberamihigo

A corpus-driven study of the expression of modality in Luganda - Deo Kawalya