Computational Morphological Analysers and Machine-Readable Lexicons for South African Bantu Languages

TitleComputational Morphological Analysers and Machine-Readable Lexicons for South African Bantu Languages
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBosch, S, Jones, J, Pretorius, L, Anderson, W
JournalLocalisation Focus - The International Journal of Localisation
Volume6
Issue1
ISSN1649-2358
KeywordsBantu, Machine-Readable Lexicons, Morphological Analysers, South Africa, XML
Abstract

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.