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Sharma Grover et al 2010b

Sharma Grover, Aditi, Karen Calteaux, Gerhard B. Van Huyssteen, and M. W. Pretorius. 2010. “An overview of HLTs for South African Bantu languages 978-1-60558-950-3.” Proceedings of the 2010 Annual Research Conference of the South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICST):370-375.

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English: BLaRK, human language technology, human language technology audit, language audit, language resource infrastructure, language resource management, language resources, resource-scarce languages, South Africa, technology audit

Afrikaans: BLaRK, hulpbronskaars tale, mensetaaltegnologie, mensetaaltegnologieoudit, Suid-Afrika, taalhulpbron, taalhulpbronbestuur, taalhulpbroninfrastruktuur, taaloudit, tegnologieoudit


English: South Africa (SA) is one of the few countries in the world that boasts a large number of official languages. Due to the efforts  of government and the local research and development (R&D)  community (comprising universities; science councils and a few  private sector companies) all the official languages are – to varying degrees – enabled with regard to human language technology (HLT). We present in this paper the current status of  HLTs for a few selected official South African languages; namely isiZulu; Sepedi; Tshivenda and; Xitsonga based on a national HLT audit covering all official languages of South Africa. We discuss the HLT position of the above languages in relation to other official South African languages; and also explore the types of data collections; technology modules and applications currently available in the R&D community for these four languages.

In: English

On: South African languages