Dictionary / Lexicon

Janga Wolof

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A blog dedicated the Wolof language and culture featuring mostly Wolof lessons but also includes other related content.

Names of Birds in Ekegusii Language

In Ekegusii language, most singular nouns start with the ekegusii adjective "e".

English - Ekegusii
A bird - "Enyoni"
A Dove - "Riruma"
A Raven - "Ekegonkoru"
An Owl - "Enyakweumia"
A Hawk - "Ekebaki"
A Vulture - "Ensoti"
Falcons - "Amakoru"
An Eagle - "Ekeongo"

English-Swahili Online Dictionary

Description: 

This set of free online Swahili English dictionaries covers an ample range of vocabulary. It provides clear and precise definitions and translations to users or learners of both languages. An additional value to this set is the Kiswahili-English IT Glossary with its useful technically oriented entries.

Sociolingo's Mali Blog

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

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

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

SALAMA - Swahili Language Manager

Description: 

SALAMA is a rule-based system for managing a number of applications on Swahili. It includes a tokenizer, morphological analyzer, morphological disambiguator, semantic disambiguator, syntactic analyzer, and a text-based machine translation system from Swahili to English.
In morphology we have earlier used finite state methods with two-level description. Recently we have developed an alternative method using a combination of different rule types. We have used pattern matching rules for initial analysis (sufficient e.g. for a spell checker), and the accurate analysis with due ambiguity is produced with post-processing rules.
In disambiguation and syntactic mapping we have used a Constraint Grammar parser (CG2), licensed from Connexor. This parser is also used in isolating and handling multi-word expressions.
SALAMA includes also a number of rules for constituent re-ordering, and for transferring the grammatical and lexical information from Swahili into correct English language.

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