UNISA Lectures

These are lecture notes presented by Kenneth R. Beesley at a workshop at the University of South Africa in Pretoria,  Sept. 20-23, 2004. During this workshop 16 participants were instructed hands-on in the use of finite-state tools and techniques to build useful and efficient programs that process text in natural languages. Since finite state morphological analysis requires computer programming skills as well as detailed, conscious knowledge of orthography, morphotactics, morphophonology and lexicography, most participants worked in multidisciplinary teams. Although the emphasis was on the indigenous languages of South Africa, one participant who specialises in a Finnish indigenous language, Sami, travelled all the way from Norway, to attend the workshop.

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Ken in Pretoria