Southern Africa

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Sounds like ‘Sutu’

Sounds like ‘Sutu’, Anderson, Winston, and Kotzé Albert E. , South African Journal of African Languages, 06/2005, Volume 25, Issue 2, p.111-123, (2005)

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?

Google Interface in African Languages


Google currently offers its interface in the following African languages:

Language Internet address

National HLT network (NHN)


This site is hosted by the Meraka institute. On the NHN webpage one can find tools, resources, news, information, and other like-minded researchers who all share a passion for HLT research in South Africa.

Information access in indigenous languages: a case study in Zulu

Information access in indigenous languages: a case study in Zulu, Cosijn, Erica, Pirkola Ari, Bothma Theo, and Järvelin Kalervo , Emerging Frameworks and Methods. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS4), Seattle, WA, USA, p.221-238, (2002)

CTexT (Centre for Text Technology)


On 1 June 2004 CTexT (Centre for Text Technology) started functioning as a non-profit, self-supporting unit of the Research Focus Area: Languages and Literature in the South African Context in the Faculty of Arts at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). The staff at CTexT occupy themselves with a variety of research and development activities. A close interaction between such research and development activities is aspired towards: research should, wherever possible, lead/contribute to product development, whereas all products are rooted in thorough research. The four main activities of the Centre for Text Technology involve the following:

  • Research (including basic research, strategic research, applied research, and market research)
  • Development (including development of sources and end-user applications & products)
  • Commercialisation of products and services
  • Maintenance of products and support to end users/clients
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Special Interest Group: Human-Computer Interaction in South Africa


This site is aimed at everybody with an interest in developing the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Usability in South Africa.

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