Sonja E. Bosch

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This paper addresses the experimental bootstrapping of the development of broad-coverage finite-state morphological analysers for Xhosa, Swati and (Southern) Ndebele by using an existing prototype of a morphological analyser for Zulu. These languages are both morphologically complex and resource-scarce. The research question is whether bootstrapping is(More)
This paper investigates the possibilities that cross-linguistic similarities and dissimilarities between related languages offer in terms of bootstrapping a morphological analyser. In this case an existing Zulu morphological analyser prototype (ZulMorph) serves as basis for a Xhosa analyser. The investigation is structured around the morphotactics and the(More)
As one of the largest of the 11 official languages of South Africa, Zulu is spoken by approximately 9 million people. It forms part of a language family which is characterized by rich agglutinating morphological structures. This paper discusses a prototype of a computational morphological analyzer for Zulu, built by means of the Xerox finite state tools, in(More)
A finite-state morphological grammar for Southern Ndebele, a seriously under-resourced language, has been semi-automatically obtained from a general Nguni morphological analyser, which was bootstrapped from a mature hand-written morphological analyser for Zulu. The results for Southern Ndebele morphological analysis, using the Nguni analyser, are(More)
Northern Sotho and Zulu are two South African Bantu languages that make use of different writing systems, viz. a disjunctive and a conjunctive writing system respectively. In this article it is argued that the different orthographic systems obscure the morphological similarities and that these systems impact directly on word class tagging for the two(More)
The development of natural language processing (NLP) components is resource-intensive and therefore justifies exploring ways of reducing development time and effort when building NLP components. This paper addresses the experimental fast-tracking of the development of finite-state morphological analysers for Xhosa, Swati and (Southern) Ndebele by using an(More)