CTexT® celebrates ten years
On the 8th of August 2014 the Centre for Text Technology (CTexT®) at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, celebrated their tenth anniversary – a decade’s contribution to cutting-edge research and development in the field of text technology. The function was held at the NWU Sports Village in Potchefstroom, where CTexT® staff, NWU top management, former employees, partners and supporters of CTexT® enjoyed a warm welcome.
CTexT® is an internationally recognised, innovative research- and development centre for language resources, products and software. CTexT® focuses on the development of applications and resources for easier interaction between people and computers (e.g. spelling and grammar checkers, machine translation systems and data development) and innovative approaches to processing natural languages. Read more
The Centre for Text Technology (CTexT®) is a research and development centre at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. CTexT® does research on human language technology and develops language technology products for the South African languages.
Human language technology makes the interaction between people and machines (computers) easier by allowing people to communicate with computers in natural languages (our normal languages such as isiZulu or Afrikaans). It also teaches computers to understand and produce human language (speech and text), so people can have access to new technologies in the language of their choice.
CTexT®’s four main activities are:
Commercialisation of products and services; and
Maintenance of products and support to end-users/clients.
CTexT®’s focus areas (within the field of human language technology in South Africa) are:
Resource-scarce languages (especially South African languages for which little data exists);
Development of applications and resources for easier interaction between people and computers (e.g. spelling and grammar checkers, machine translation systems and data development); and
Innovative approaches to processing natural languages.
Interactive Vowel Chart
Prof. Daan Wissing (Senior Researcher and expert in the field of phonetics and phonology) and Wikus Pienaar of CTexT® recently developed an interactive vowel chart.
Click on the above screenshot to view the vowel chart.