“You don’t need a degree in linguistics. A forefinger is sufficient. There is an Afrikaans Spelling Checker and a Grammar Checker. They are at your electronic service.”
This is Prof Hans du Plessis, Director of the ATKV-Skryfskool, reassuring computer users that there is no need to feel overwhelmed when using electronic writing mediums like Microsoft® Word.
The Centre for Text Technology (CTexT®) at the NWU-Pukke has been helping South African computer users improve their writing for some time now. CTexT’s Afrikaanse SkryfGoed is the only collection of four Afrikaans proofing tools for Microsoft® Office that will help you to achieve the following:
Improve your spelling: Afrikaans Spelling Checker
As the only so-called second-generation spelling checker for Afrikaans, the Spelling Checker is the most advanced Afrikaans proofing tool. This means that it applies complex processes like morphological analysis to evaluate words instead of merely comparing them to the entries in a word list (which is the case for many spelling checkers). This tool offers good suggestions and alternatives for spelling errors, automatically recognises new compounds and inflections, and boasts comprehensive word lists.
Improve your language usage: Afrikaans Grammar Checker
Unlike a spelling checker, a grammar checker deals with more than just spelling. CTexT’s Afrikaans Grammar Checker is the first Afrikaans proofing tool for Microsoft® Office that evaluates the language used in a text, based upon the rules and conventions (grammar) of the language. Examples are:
• Choice of words (for example the correct use of rys, reis or ruis);
• Compounding and non-compounding of words (for example besigheidsure); and
• Grammatically correct constructions (for example “lelik boom” versus “lelike boom”).
Besides grammatical aspects, a grammar checker can also determine whether the text fulfils particular requirements of style such as the correct use of punctuation and language.
Improve your choice of words: Afrikaans Thesaurus
Freshen up your writing with synonyms for more than 40 000 words. The Thesaurus makes it easier to look up words and recognises related terms.
Improve your page layout: Afrikaans Hyphenator
This useful tool helps you hyphenate words correctly at the end of a line.
At your electronic service
The brand-new Afrikaanse SkryfGoed 2011 is fully compatible with Microsoft® Office 2010, and is now available at www.spel.co.za, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
At your telephonic service
BlueTek Computers (018-297 0164) is at your telephonic service for any enquiries, orders, or technical support.
Contact Moira Müller at (018) 299 1541of email Moira.Muller@nwu.ac.za for more information.