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Seminar: Supporting a multilingual society - Language resources in South Africa

15th Aug 2017 1:00pm-2:00pm
Presenter/Speaker: Martin Puttkammer, South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR)
Location: G.1.15

The South African community, with its rich diversity of 11 official languages, is an emerging market where the development of language resources and human language technologies (HLT) contribute to the promotion of multilingualism and language development. The development of language resources for the official languages contribute significantly to bridging the divide between the privileged and the marginalised in terms of access to information.

Over the last two decades the South African government has continuously supported HLT related text and speech projects. The latest endeavour in this support is the establishment of the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR). SADiLaR focuses on the creation, management and distribution of digital language resources as well as research support software related to all official languages of the country.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the language resource and HLT landscape in South Africa that has culminated in the establishment of SADiLaR. It will also focus in more detail on the research and development efforts of the Centre for Text Technology at the North-West University over the past 15 years.

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