Using Technology Transfer to Advance Automatic Lemmatisation for Setswana

TitleUsing Technology Transfer to Advance Automatic Lemmatisation for Setswana
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsGroenewald, H.J. 
BooktitleProceedings of the First Workshop on Language Technologies for African Languages (AfLaT 2009)
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
LocationAthens, Greece
EditorDe Pauw, Guy, de Schryver Gilles-Maurice, and Levin Lori

South African languages(and indigenous African languages in general) lack behind other languages in terms of the availability of linguistic resources. Efforts to improve or fast track the development of linguistic resources are required to bridge this ever increasing gap. In this paper we emphasize the advantages of technology transfer between two languages to advance an existing linguistic technology/resource. The advantages of technology transfer are illustrated by showing how an existing lemmatiser for Setswana can be improved by applying a methodology that was first used in the development of a lemmatiser for Afrikaans.

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