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Third Workshop on African Language Technology (AfLaT 2011) - Report

AfLaT2011, the Third Workshop on African Language Technology, was organized as a breakout session of the AGIS11 conference (Action Week for Global Information Sharing) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It marked the first time an AfLaT workshop took place on the African continent. AfLaT2011 featured ten presentations on a variety of topics and languages.
We want to thank the presenters and participants for their contributions to the workshop, as well as the organizers of AGIS11 to allow us to collocate the AfLaT workshop with their wonderful conference.

Second Workshop on African Language Technology (AfLaT 2010) - Report

Invited Talk: Do we need linguistic knowledge for speech technology applications in African languages?

Justus Roux

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EACL 2009 Workshop on Language Technologies for African Languages (AfLaT 2009) - Report

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Invited Talk: African Language Families and their Structural Properties

Sonja Bosch

Sonja Bosch presenting (also [1], [2])
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Collecting and Evaluating Speech Recognition Corpora for Nine Southern Bantu Languages

Jaco Badenhorst, Charl Van Heerden, Marelie Davel and Etienne Barnard

Jaco Badenhorst presenting (also [1])Download slides here
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The SAWA Corpus: A Parallel Corpus English - Swahili

Guy De Pauw, Peter Waiganjo Wagacha and Gilles-Maurice de Schryver

Guy De Pauw presenting (also [1], [2])
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Information Structure in African Languages: Corpora and Tools

Christian Chiarcos, Ines Fiedler, Mira Grubic, Andreas Haida, Katharina Hartmann, Julia Ritz, Anne Schwarz, Amir Zeldes and Malte Zimmermann

Mira Grubic presenting (also [1])
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A Computational Approach to Yorùbá Morphology

Raphael Finkel and Odetunji Ajadi Odejobi

Odetunji Ajadi Odejobi presenting (also [1], [2])
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Using Technology Transfer to Advance Automatic Lemmatisation for Setswana

Handré Groenewald

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Part-of-Speech Tagging of Northern Sotho: Disambiguating Polysemous Function Words

Gertrud Faaß, Ulrich Heid, Elsabé Taljard and Danie Prinsloo

Elsabé Taljard presenting (also [1], [2])
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Building Capacities in Human Language Technology for African Languages

Tunde Adegbola

Odetunji Ajadi Odejobi presenting Download slides here
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Initial Fieldwork for LWAZI: A Telephone-Based Spoken Dialog System for Rural South Africa

Tebogo Gumede and Madelaine Plauché

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Setswana Tokenisation and Computational Verb Morphology: Facing the Challenge of a Disjunctive Orthography

Rigardt Pretorius, Ansu Berg, Laurette Pretorius and Biffie Viljoen

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Interlinear Glossing and its Role in Theoretical and Descriptive Studies of African and other Lesser–Documented Languages

Dorothee Beermann and Pavel Mihaylov

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Towards an Electronic Dictionary of Tamajaq Language in Niger

Chantal Enguehard and Issouf Modi

Issouf Modi and Chantal Enguehard presentingDownload Poster here
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A Repository of Free Lexical Resources for African Languages: The Project and the Method

Piotr Bański and Beata Wójtowicz

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Exploiting Cross-Linguistic Similarities in Zulu and Xhosa Computational Morphology

Laurette Pretorius and Sonja Bosch

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Methods for Amharic Part-of-Speech Tagging

Björn Gambäck, Fredrik Olsson, Atelach Alemu Argaw and Lars Asker

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An Ontology for Accessing Transcription Systems (OATS)

Steven Moran

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We would like to thank the organizing committee and the program committee for their valued contributions to the workshop.

Lori Levin: Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (Workshop Chair)
Guy De Pauw: University of Antwerp, Belgium | University of Nairobi, Kenya | (Workshop Co-Chair)
John Kiango: Director, Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Judith Klavans: University of Maryland, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, USA
Manuela Noske: Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA
Gilles-Maurice de Schryver: African Languages and Cultures, Ghent University, Belgium | University of the Western Cape, South Africa |
Peter Waiganjo Wagacha: School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi, Kenya |

Akinbiyi Akinlabi, Rutgers University
Yiwola Awoyale, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistic Data Consortium
Moussa Bamba, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistic Data Consortium
Alan Black, Carnegie Mellon University
Sonja Bosch, University of South Africa
Christopher Cieri, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistic Data Consortium
Robert Frederking, Carnegie Mellon University
Dafydd Gibbon, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Jeff Good, SUNY Buffalo
Mike Gasser, Indiana University
Gregory Iverson, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of Language
Stephen Larocca, US Army Research Lab
Michael Maxwell, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of Language
Jonathan Owens, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of Language
Tristan Purvis, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of Language
Antonia Schleicher, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Tanja Schultz, Karlsruhe University
Clare Voss, US Army Research Lab
Briony Williams, University of Wales, Bangor

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People's names across the numerous African ethnic groups have a meaning tagged to them. These names are drawn from various sources that include Seasons, Times, Events, Places, Behaviour and other special considerations. An African name defines an individual because it goes beyond an identity.

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