The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) is a national centre supported by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). SADiLaR has an enabling function, with a focus on all official languages of South Africa, supporting research and development in the domains of language technologies and language-related studies in the humanities and social sciences.  READ MORE... 




Language Resources Audit to support multilingualism is underway in public universities of South Africa. Language continues to be a barrier to access and success for many students at South African higher education institutions. This was noted by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in their revised Language Policy Framework for Higher Education.

Last month four SADiLaR researchers attended the 23rd Biennial International Conference of the African Languages Association of Southern Africa. Rooweither Mabuya, Andiswa Bukula,Muzi Matfunjwa and Benito Trollip all presented papers, but, say the four, the value of SADiLaR staff attending conferences goes far beyond presenting research. 

Read more

In order for speech-language therapists to be able to accurately identify delays in language development they need to have access to the norms of child language acquisition in a specific language, and in Africa, this information is not available.


Read more

The Spelling Checkers for South African Languages, a spelling and hyphenation checker tool for ten of South Africa’s official languages excluding English, is now available free to download from our websiteThe spell checker tool offers an extensive wordlist for Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Siswati, Sesotho, Sesotho sa Leboa, Setswana, Tshivenḓa and Xitsonga.

Find out more and download the Spelling Checkers for South African Languages

To build up the field of linguistics in nine of South Africa’s official languages the University of South Africa (UNISA) node of SADiLaR, which focuses on language resource development, has created a linguistics termbank which is now freely available online.

DH-IGNITE is a regional event hosted by SADiLaR and the ESCALATOR programme aiming to support the development of an active community of practice in Digital Humanities (DH) and Computational Social Sciences (CSS) in South Africa.

  • 6 DH-IGNITE events to reach all 26 public universities across the country.
  • Participate in person or virtually.
  • We’ll talk about digital/computational methodologies in humanities and social sciences!

Visit the DH-IGNITE WEBSITE for more information on what to expect.