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African Association for Lexicography




21st International Conference


Venue: Karibu Hotel and Leisure Resort, Tzaneen, South Africa

Monday 4 July 2016


09:30 – 09:55

Registration and tea



10:00 – 12:55

Pre-conference workshop and tutorial on corpus collection and corpus manipulation


Session 1: Presenter:  Uwe Quasthoff

Introduction to corpora collection:

Corpus collection: Crawling and pre-processing (HTML stripping,  language identification, sentence identification, pattern-based corpus cleaning)
 - Calculation and usage of word co-occurrences
 - Corpus presentation in the Web
 - Part of speech tagging
 - Using the corpus for lexicography

Session 2: Presenter:  Dirk Goldhahn

Tutorial with hands-on exercises:

 - The connection between relevance and frequency for lexicography
 - Use the NoSketchEngine for advanced corpus search
 - Explain the Corpus Query Language CQL
 - Identify queries interesting for different applications



13:00 – 13:55



14:00 – 14:25

Official Opening


Victor Mojela – President of Afrilex


A word of welcome

Local hosts and organisers


Keynote Address 1:

14:30 – 15:25

Serge Verlinde, Leuven Language Institute

(E-)lexicography and beyond


15:30 – 15:55




Parallel Sessions




16:00 – 16:25

Are we there yet? An investigation of the VivA-app as Afrikaans’ answer to the mobile dictionary market

Du Plessis, A.H.

Xitsonga dictionaries a boom or doom for the standardisation of Xitsonga: a linguistic introspection

Mabaso, X.E.

16:30 – 16:55

Intellectualization through terminology development

Khumalo, L.

A discussion of isiNdebele terminology

Mahlangu, K.S.


18:00 Cocktail Party



Tuesday 5 July 2016


Parallel Sessions




09:00 – 09:25

Advantages and disadvantages in the use of the internet as a corpus. The case of the online dictionaries of Spanish “University of Valladolid”

Tarp, S.

Lexicography as a discipline and profession in Zimbabwe: a critical appraisal

Ndlovu, E.

09:30 – 09:55

Demonstration of the pilot project for a new online Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal

Botha, W.F. and Fourie Blair, H.

Lexicography and language revitalisation for the Tjwao language in Zimbabwe

Nyota, S. and Mamvura, Z.

10:00 – 10:25

Language modernization: a review of terminological approaches in Northern Sotho dictionaries

Makgopa, K.M.

Term creation through translation: an evaluation of Shona phonetics and phonology terminology at GZU

Mabaso-Shamano, P.



10:30 – 10:55




11:00 – 11:25

Lemmatizing syntactico-intonational units in Gabonese native language dictionaries

Ella, E.M.

Lexicographic approach to spoken versus written corpora for Setswana dictionaries

Sebolela, F. and

Prinsloo, D.J.

11:30 – 11:55

Developing an LSP bilingual glossary to support international students at the University of Johannesburg

Mihindou, G.R. and

Tlowane, M.

Electronic dictionaries and lexicographical theory: a case study of the Dictionnaire Intercatif pour Jeunes Apprenants

Mbindi Aninga, L.

12:00 – 12:25

Pronunciation in African language dictionaries

Ndinga-Koumba-Binza, H.S.



The use of a corpus in the development of an electronic monolingual Sesotho School Learners’ Dictionary

Mahloane, M.J.


12:30 – 13:25




13:30 – 13:55

Integrating online reference sources into a comprehensive dictionary culture

Gouws, R.H.

The lemmatization of ideophones and interjections in Cuenod’s Tsonga – English Dictionary

Hlungwani, M.C. and Mpapa, M.

14:00 – 14:25

Reflections towards the revision of Dikixinari ya Xitsonga ya ka Lingua Franca

Mabaso, X.E.

The lexicographic treatment of isiZulu negation

Bosch, S.E. and Faaß, G.

14:30 – 14:55

Efficacy of bilingual dictionaries as translator’s aid: a case of Sesotho sa Leboa and isiXhosa

Mashamaite, K.J. and Shoba, F.


The role of translation in lexicography with special reference to Tshivenḓa-English dictionaries

Maṱhabi, M.



15:00 – 15:25



15:30 – 17:00

Annual General Meeting



Conference Dinner



Wednesday 6 July 2016


Keynote Address 2:

09:00 – 09:55

Victor Mojela, Sesotho sa Leboa National Lexicography Unit

Lexicography versus standardization: a huge barrier in the pace of lexicography for the developing SA indigenous languages.


10:00 – 10:25



Parallel Sessions




10:30 – 10:55

S'ncamtho lexico-semantics and terminology development in Ndebele: implications for  lexicography and standardization

Ndlovu, S.

How much specialized data can and should be incorporated into meaning explanations in general language dictionaries? A discussion based on sports terms

Pedersen, H.A.P.

11:00 – 11:25

The treatment of synonym paradigm members and plural nouns in the macrostructure of Thanodi ya Setswana and strategies to enhance its reference quality

Mokone, N.S.

Redesigning the DSAE’s presentation and navigation features: adapting a historical dictionary for the modern online user

Du Plessis, A.H. and Van Niekerk, T.

11:30 – 11:55

Problems and perspectives in Civili lexicography

Mavoungou, P.A. and Ndinga-Koumba-Binza, H.S.

Lost and Found: assessing the value of an unknown bilingual dictionary towards the development of Ndau

Sithole, E.

12:00 – 12:25

The Sepedihelper as a support tool for text production in a dictionary use situation.

Prinsloo, Daniel, Prinsloo J.V. and Prinsloo, D.J.


12:30 – 12:40


D.J. Prinsloo – Vice-President of Afrilex




13:00 – 14:00



Thursday 7 July 2016



Post-conference excursion:  Kruger Park