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The African Storybook (ASb) is a multilingual literacy initiative that works with educators and children to publish openly licensed picture storybooks for early reading in the languages of Africa. An initiative of Saide, the ASb has an interactive website that enab...

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We created a novel dataset, ANTC — African News Topic Classification for 4 African languages. We obtained data from three different news sources: VOA, BBC6 and isolezwe7 . From the VOA data we created datasets for Lingala and Somali. We obtained the topics from dat...

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Palatalization of coronals and stridents is well-known and widespread, and is most commonly associated with front vowels or glides as triggers. In some dialect(s) of Setswana, a much different type of palatalization occurs: alveolar stridents /s ts tsʰ/ become pre-...

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As language and speech technologies become more advanced, the lack of fundamental digital resources for African languages, such as data, spell checkers and PoS taggers, means that the digital divide between these languages and others keeps growing. This work detail...

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Adapter modules have emerged as a general parameter-efficient means to specialize a pretrained encoder to new domains. Massively multilingual transformers (MMTs) have particularly benefited from additional training of language-specific adapters. However, this appro...

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A stereotype is an over-generalized belief about a particular group of people, e.g., Asians are good at math or African Americans are athletic. Such beliefs (biases) are known to hurt target groups. Since pretrained language models are trained on large real-world d...

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Oral tradition appears in many forms such as pantoons, poetry, songs, plays, and pantoon. Some of them are sung in order to make the performer easier to memorize the lyric. In Simeulue island, Aceh province Indonesia, several oral tradition namely nandong, nanga-na...

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Igbo, an African language with around 32 million speakers worldwide, is one of the many languages having few or none of the language processing resources needed for advanced language technology applications. In this article, we describe the approach taken to creati...

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ABSTRACT Conduct Disorder (CD) can pose serious concerns to parents, home and the society, meanwhile assessing this construct in clinical practice has been based on western concepts which limited the cultural factors implicated in CD. This study presents a reliabl...

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Right dislocation (Cheng & Downing 2012) and movement to a low FocP (van der Wal 2006) are competing analyses of Immediately-After-Verb (IAV) focus. In this paper, I discuss novel Lubukusu IAV focus data which shows that 1) IAV focus re- quires movement to a low FP...

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Presentation about Open Science Hardware held at the Berlin Open Science - Reproducible Research - Meetup on Feb 06, 2019.

This study aims to shed light on the epistemic indefinite interpretation (EI) of the Akan (Asante Twi) determiner bi which hitherto had not been discussed in the Akan literature. In previous studies, Amfo (2010) and Arkoh (2011) review its ref- erential or specific...

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Extracting functional themes and topics from a large text corpus manually is usually infeasible. There is a need to build text mining techniques such as topic modeling, which provide a mechanism to infer topics from a corpus of text automatically. This paper discus...

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The paper describes aspects of an HPSG style computational grammar of the West African language Ga (a Kwa language spoken in the Accra area of Ghana). As a Volta Basin Kwa language, Ga features many types of multiverb expressions and other particular constructional...

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Speech translation research for the major languages like English, Japanese and Spanish has been conducted since the 1980’s. But no attempt were made in speech translation to/from the under-resourced language like Amharic. These activities suffered from the lack of ...

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