Blogs

  • SADiLaR Executive Director elected as Fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences

    The Executive Director of the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), Prof Langa Khumalo, has been elected as Fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences (ZAS). Founded in 2003, ZAS recognizes and promotes outstanding science through election to membership, and this process brings recognition, honour, distinction, and excellence to scientific programmes, projects, research…

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  • SADiLaR’s strategic vision presented to CLARIN Management

    Stakeholder engagement is a crucial part of the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR)’s strategic mission. With the adoption of a new five-year strategy plan, the infrastructure is dedicated to promoting its mandate and establishing a local and global presence to attract potential partners in the domains of natural language processing and digital…

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  • SADiLaR celebrates PhD aimed at improving Sesotho learners’ reading skills

    A former high school teacher’s quest to improve the poor reading ability of learners in low-resource languages has resulted in a groundbreaking PhD centered on the development of a means to measure text readability while developing digital language resources for Sesotho. This research is the first of its kind and will also serve as a…

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  • Child speech database research project attracts international attention

    A research project aimed at compiling a child speech database for the South African context, with a focus on speech samples of typically developing Afrikaans and Sesotho sa Leboa-speaking children, is garnering attention both nationally and internationally. Funded by the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) and led by Juan Bornman, now professor…

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  • SADiLaR funding helps launch the ǂKhomani | Hugh Brody Archive

    A research project, funded by the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), has helped realise the long-held dream of South Africa’s ǂKhomani community to share their proud history with the rest of the world. Dr Kerry Jones, director of African Tongue and research lead on the project, has worked tirelessly with her research…

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  • SADiLaR workshop highlights benefits of online dictionaries

    The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) recently facilitated a successful online-dictionary training workshop at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Hosted by UKZN’s University Language Planning and Development Office (ULPDO) on 7 December 2023, the one-day workshop invited staff, students, and language practitioners to delve into the world of online dictionaries and discover…

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