Language resources and tools in Southern Africa

TitleLanguage resources and tools in Southern Africa
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsRoux, J C, and Bosch Sonja E.
BooktitleProceedings on the Workshop on Networking the Development of Language Resources for African Languages 5th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
Date22 May 2006
LocationGenoa, Italy

The aim of this paper is to present an overview of current initiatives in the field of human language technologies (HLT) in South Africa with special attention being paid to the development of tools and resources for the languages spoken in Southern Africa. An overview of the language situation is sketched, after which a web-based survey is done of resources and tools created and used by role players in the field. The importance of standardisation of resources and resource management is discussed with some final conclusions and suggestions for possible wider co-operation in
Africa. This paper is largely based on two publications, Bosch & Roux (in press) and Roux and Du Plessis (2005).