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Sharma Grover, Van Huyssteen & Pretorius 2010a

Sharma Grover, Aditi, Gerhard B. Van Huyssteen, and M. W. Pretorius. 2010. “The South African human language technologies audit.” Proceeding of the 7th Language Resource and Evaluation Conference:2847-2850.

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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: Human language technologies (HLT) can play a vital role in bridging the digital divide and thus the HLT field has been recognised as a priority area by the South African government. We present our work on conducting a technology audit on the South African HLT landscape across the country’s eleven official languages. The process and the instruments employed in conducting the audit are described and an overview of the various complementary approaches used in the results’  analysis is provided. We find that a number of HLT language resources (LRs) are available in SA but they are of a very basic and exploratory nature. Lessons learnt in conducting a technology audit in a young and multilingual context are also discussed.

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On: South African languages