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...
Collaborative documentation of siPhuthi in Lesotho
SADiLaR was one of the funders of a research project on the siPhuthi language.
The project leaders have made great contributions towards the development of the siPhuthi language and there is still a lot of work planned for future research and development. A blog was published on 11 January 2022 on previous work that was done during the project:
"From 17th to 22nd November 2021, we trained six young ebaPhuthi from Daliwe and Sinxondo in language documentation methods and techniques. These young fluent siPhuthi speakers might well be considered key guardians of their threatened language and culture. This workshop took place in a Corona-safe environment at the Bethel Business and Community Development Centre (BBCDC), a vocational training centre in one of the most marginalised parts of Lesotho."
Bridging communication barriers in COVID-19 triage and screening - A mobile speech app
The mobile application, AwezaMed COVID-19, features localised speech technology such as speech recognition, machine translation, and text-to-speech developed by the CSIR and works on any Android smartphone. It enables healthcare providers to access a phrase in English, translate it into any South African official language, and play the phrase in the selected language.