Third workshop on Resources for African Indigenous Languages (RAIL)

Registration is now open

The registration form can be found here:

The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) is organising the 3rd RAIL workshop in the field of Resources for African Indigenous Languages. This workshop aims to bring together researchers who are interested in showcasing their research and thereby boosting the field of African indigenous languages. This provides an overview of the current state-of-the-art and emphasizes availability of African indigenous language resources, including both data and tools. Additionally, it will allow for information sharing among researchers interested in African indigenous languages and also start discussions on improving the quality and availability of the resources.  Many African indigenous languages currently have no or very limited resources available and, additionally, they are often structurally quite different from more well-resourced languages, requiring the development and use of specialized techniques.  By bringing together researchers from different fields (e.g., (computational) linguistics, sociolinguistics, language technology) to discuss the development of language resources for African indigenous languages, we hope to boost research in this field.  

The RAIL workshop is an interdisciplinary platform for researchers working on resources (data collections, tools, etc.) specifically targeted towards African indigenous languages.  It aims to create the conditions for the emergence of a scientific community of practice that focuses on data, as well as tools, specifically designed for or applied to indigenous languages found in Africa. 


Suggested topics include the following:

  • Digital representations of linguistic structures
  • Descriptions of corpora or other data sets of African indigenous languages
  • Building resources for (under resourced) African indigenous languages
  • Developing and using African indigenous languages in the digital age
  • Effectiveness of digital technologies for the development of African indigenous languages
  • Revealing unknown or unpublished existing resources for African indigenous languages
  • Developing desired resources for African indigenous languages
  • Improving quality, availability and accessibility of African indigenous language resources

The 3rd RAIL workshop 2022 will be co-located with the 10th Southern African Microlinguistics Workshop. This will be an in-person event located in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Registration will be free.

The registration form can be found here:

RAIL 2022 submission requirements: 

  • RAIL asks for full papers from 4 pages to 8 pages (plus more pages for references if needed), which must strictly follow the Journal of the Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa style guide.
  • Accepted submissions will be published in JDHASA, the Journal of the Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa.
  • Papers will be double blind peer-reviewed and must be submitted through EasyChair.

Important dates

Submission deadline: 28 August 2022    4 September 2022

Date of notification: 30 September 2022

Camera ready copy deadline: 23 October 2022

RAIL: 30 November 2022, North-West University – Potchefstroom

SAMWOP: 1 – 3 December 2022, North-West University – Potchefstroom

Organising Committee 

Jessica Mabaso

Rooweither Mabuya

Muzi Matfunjwa

Mmasibidi Setaka

Menno van Zaanen 

South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), South Africa