Computational Morphological Analysers and Machine-Readable Lexicons for South African Bantu Languages
|Title||Computational Morphological Analysers and Machine-Readable Lexicons for South African Bantu Languages|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Bosch, S, Jones, J, Pretorius, L, Anderson, W|
|Journal||Localisation Focus - The International Journal of Localisation|
|Keywords||Bantu, Machine-Readable Lexicons, Morphological Analysers, South Africa, XML|
In this paper the development of computational morphological analysers for six South African Bantu languages is discussed. Due to the rich agglutinating morphological structures of these languages, the morphological processing poses particular challenges. These challenges are of an orthographical, a morphological as well as of a lexical nature. The current status of the project is reported on, firstly in terms of the development of prototypes of morphological analysers for the various languages, and secondly in terms of the development of standardised XML machine-readable lexicons for the South African Bantu languages, based on an appropriate general data model.