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CTexT® makes a major contribution to multilingualism with Autshumato

The Centre for Text Technology (CTexT®) at the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom Campus, is facilitating translation and communication in South Africa through the Autshumato machine translation project.

Autshumato is a collection of open-source translation software and tools that are developed and managed by CTexT®. It is already being used by the National Language Service, translators in parliament, the NWU Institutional Language Services, the University of Johannesburg as well as the University of the Free State and has been downloaded internationally by users in China, Spain, Denmark and Norway, among others. Read more

About us

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® four main activities are:

  • Research;
  • Development;
  • Commercialisation of products and services; and
  • Maintenance of products and support to end-users/clients.

CTexT® ocus 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.

Worth a look

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.


Quick links


Proofing tools for Microsoft® Office.


Integrated Translation Environment (Open-source)


Language Resource Management Agency: Website


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