First workshop on Resources for African Indigenous Languages (RAIL)

Invitation to participate

The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) will be hosting a virtual workshop (originally expected to be held at the LREC 2020 conference in Marseille, France) in the field of African Indigenous Language Resources. You are hereby invited to attend the first workshop on Resources for African Indigenous Languages (RAIL) that will be held virtually on 16 May 2020 from 9:00 to 13:00 SAST. Participation in this virtual workshop is free.

Please register on EventBrite: Details on how to join the workshop will be sent out to registered participants.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers who are interested in showcasing their research and thereby boosting the field of African indigenous languages. It will provide an overview of the current state-of-the-art of African indigenous language resources (both data and tools) and emphasizes their availability. The workshop will allow for information sharing among researchers interested in African indigenous languages as well as 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 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.

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The first workshop on African indigenous languages is supported by


Free virtual workshop on African indigenous languages