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.
On: South African languages