Cambridge-Africa

Dr Fridah Katushemererwe

Dr Fridah Katushemererwe (Makerere University)

Research title: Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) for the revitalization of endangered languages: The case of Runyakitara

Research project: The study seeks to examine the potential of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) as a solution to the revitalization of endangered languages in Uganda, the case of Runyankore-Rukiga. The motivation for this research stems from the fact that there is limited research on CALL for endangered languages in general and Ugandan languages in particular. The study pursues the following objectives: to establish up-to-date and reliable corpora for Runyankore-Rukiga, investigate the possibilities of using data-driven techniques of language analysis on Runyankore-Rukiga, develop a context sensitive grammar checker for Runyankore-Rukiga, and evaluate the grammar checker as a writing support tool with respect to the revitalization of Runyankore-Rukiga. The study will develop a model for collecting and managing data in endangered language settings, two corpus types of Runyankore-Rukiga: spoken & written as well as a grammar checker as a documentation, learning and revitalisation tool for Runyankore-Rukiga.

Collaborators: Dr Paula Buttery and Dr Andrew Caines, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge

Publications: See Fridah's publications

Contact: katu@chuss.mak.ac.ug