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Ugandan Languages: Vitality, Resources and Capacity Building

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We celebrate 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages

To honor the Indigenous languages of Uganda we organize a community event with lectures and a hands-on workshop

MAK-crest.jpg Where: Makerere University, 19 – 21 November 2019

'The following events are planned:

Ugandan Language Fair

The fair welcomes you to attend two stimulating keynote speeches and a poster session showcasing initiatives in local language development.


Judge Daniel David Ntanda Nsereko

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Ugandan Indigenous Languages: Our Heritage Professor Ntanda Nsereko is a judge at the International Criminal Court at Den Hagues. He has taught law at Makerere University and the University of Botswana. Professor Ntanda Nsereko is an ardent promoter of Luganda and all indigenous Ugandan languages and an author of books and articles on law and Human Rights. He has also translated Sophocles' Antigone into Luganda, and published an English-Luganda dictionary of law terms.

'Professor Manuel Muranga

The case of Rukiga - A discussion of language development and language standardization.

Professor Muranga, Kabale University, has been active in the promotion of mother tongues since the introduction of Runyakitara at Makerere in 1990. He has taught Runyakitara at the Uganda Christian University.

Professor Muranga will talk about language diversity in Uganda and about Runyakitara.


During the presentation session you are invited to visit stands to hear more about the work done for the development of Uganda's local languages.

Dorika Publications was founded by the writer Waalabyeki Magoba. It is committed to producing quality Luganda literature to create a permanent yearning for reading in children and adults.

linguistic technology
Polytext is a small Norwegian software company. It produces linguistic tools and resources especially for lesser-resourced languages.


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DEMA Language Solutions. DEMA is a small company that offers LANGUAGE SOLUTIONS. It is specialized in Translations, Localisation, Transcription and Editing Services.



Speech technologies for low resource languages: an introduction and Computational language documentation: an introduction

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Laurent Besacier

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Professor Besacier is a Computer Scientist at the University of Grenoble, France, and Co-chair and ISCA liaison representative of the Special Interest Group for Under-resourced Languages (SIGUL) at ELRA (European Language Resources Association).

Prof. Besacier's talks are accompanied by a hands-on tutorial on speech data collection and annotation software.


Corpus building for less-resourced languages: the creation of African language resources.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dorothee Beermann

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Professor Beermann is a Linguist at the University of Science and Technology, Norway.

She is one of the Co-founders of Polytext and a contributor to SIGUL at ELRA (European Language Resources Association). She is a formal linguist with long experience in creating Interlinear Glossed Texts corpora for less-resourced languages. Prof. Beermann's talk will be accompanied by a hands-on tutorial on the creation of annotated text corpora.