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Lingala Diacritic Correction

Description: 

The problem with using web texts for many languages is that many people do not have the ability to enter diacritics or characters from extended
character sets from their keyboard, and so they simply leave them off (and so Lingala "likɔngá" becomes "likonga"), or use incorrect diacritics
(e.g. using acute/grave in place of the macron in Hawaiian, Maori, etc.). Information is usually lost in this conversion, and indeed most languages
that use diacritics have many pairs of words that differ only in diacritical marks; these distinctions are lost when texts are written in plain ASCII.
The aim of charlifter is to undo this lossy conversion, and "lift" the text back to its proper form.

Swahili - English Dictionary

Description: 

Software-installable Swahili - English Dictionary (created by TshwaneDJe HLT), with over 16,000 entries and phrases. Integrates into Microsoft Word to display instant lookup results as you work. Other features include bilingual 'linked view', integration with Google web and image search, basic decomposition-based searching, and instant display of related cross-references. The dictionary is corpus-based, and includes hundreds of real-world usage examples.

Ekegusii popular sayings and Wisdom

Abagusii, native speakers of Ekegusii language, have in the language stored wisdom and knowhow ranging from ethics to scientifically verifiable medicine. In this forum is the tip of the iceburg - Ekegusii is richer than has been so far believed.

Ekegusii popular sayings and Wisdom

Abagusii, native speakers of Ekegusii language, have in the language stored wisdom and knowhow ranging from ethics to scientifically verifiable medicine. In this forum is the tip of the iceburg - Ekegusii is richer than has been so far believed.

Swahili spell checker

Description: 

Free online Swahili spellchecker

Somali Online Spelling Checker

Description: 

RSOL Spelling Checker is a online tool to check the correctness of your somali text. Its vocabulary is based on RSOL Online Dictionary. Using this tool will help to collect more words from somali language and build comprehensive somali word-list.

Automatic Diacritic Restoration for African Languages

The orthography of many African languages includes diacritically marked characters. Falling outside the scope of the standard Latin encoding, these characters are often represented in digital language resources as their unmarked equivalents. This renders corpus compilation more difficult, as these languages typically do not have the benefit of large electronic dictionaries to perform diacritic restoration.

This is a demonstration system for a diacritic restoration method that is able to automatically restore diacritics on the basis of local graphemic context. It is based on the machine learning method of Memory-Based learning. We have applied the method to the African languages of Cilubà, Gĩkũyũ, Kĩkamba, Maa, Sesotho sa Leboa, Tshivenḓa and Yoruba.

You can find more information on this system in this paper

Select a language and enter the word or sentence you want to restore diacritics for.
Cilubà (e.g. mutekete)
Gĩkũyũ (e.g. nituronire)
Kĩkamba (e.g. ningulilikana)
Maasai (e.g. oltunani)
Sesotho sa Leboa (Northern Sotho) (e.g. swanetse)
Tshivenḓa (e.g. tshiswitulo)
Yoruba (e.g. isinku)
 

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Authors:
Guy De Pauw: CNTS - Language Technology Group, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, guy [dot] depauw [at] ua [dot] ac [dot] be
Gilles-Maurice de Schryver: African Languages and Cultures, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, gillesmaurice [dot] deschryver [at] ugent [dot] be
Peter Waiganjo Wagacha: School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, waiganjo [at] uonbi [dot] ac [dot] ke

Northern Sotho Part-of-Speech Tagger (V2) - Demo

This demo showcases a part-of-speech tagger for Northern Sotho. It retrieves the morpho-syntactic categories for words in a sentence. It uses MBT, the memory-based tagger trained on a relatively small annotated corpus.

Version1: Ocotober 10 2007 (20k tokens training set)
Version2: December 8 2007 (35k tokens training set)


Type in the text you want to tag (2,500 character limit)
Example: Motho ge a sa tseba o swanetše go dumela seo gore bao ba tsebago ba mmotše.

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Authors:

Guy De Pauw: CNTS - Language Technology Group, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, guy [dot] depauw [at] ua [dot] ac [dot] be
Gilles-Maurice de Schryver: African Languages and Cultures, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, gillesmaurice [dot] deschryver [at] ugent [dot] be

Paper

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)
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