Eastern Africa

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Somali Online Spelling Checker


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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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

English-Swahili Online Dictionary


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.


Venue: Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.
Dates: 1st - 3rd August 2007

You are invited to submit an ABSTRACT not exceeding 350 words in any of the sub-themes as listed below:

1. Kiswahili & the Millennium Development Goals
2. Kiswahili & politics, culture and the economy
3. Kiswahili & policy implementation in education

Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages (ACL2007 workshop)


ACL 2007 Workshop on
Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages:

Common Issues and Resources

28th June, 2007, Prague, Czech Republic

Submission deadline: 11 March 2007


African Languages in Danger of Disappearing -- Interactive Atlas

Click here to use the interactive atlas.

Open Question: What about focusing our efforts on these disappearing languages before it's too late? What can we, as computational linguists, do; should we do something?

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