11th International Conference
Panel Discussions

Last update: 14 June 2006



Dear Member,


You are cordially invited to attend the Panel Discussions of the African Association for Lexicography that will be held at the University of Venda for Science and Technology, Thohoyandou, Republic of South Africa.



Afternoon of 4 July 2006



Chairperson: Prof. Sonja Bosch


When thinking of dictionaries, the first thing that usually comes to mind is paper dictionaries – space constraints, expensive to print, heavy to carry, bulky to store, cumbersome for look-up, especially for newcomers to the field of African languages. But what does the future in the context of human language technologies and digital communication hold for dictionaries in the African languages? This question will be the central issue of a panel discussion “Electronic dictionaries for African languages” to be held at the 11th International AFRILEX Conference on Lexicography on 4 July 2006.

Panellists include international experts in the field of electronic dictionaries as well as experts in the field of African languages and lexicography. The following scholars have already confirmed their participation in this panel:

·        Convenor: Sonja E. Bosch (UNISA - University of South Africa, Pretoria, SA)

·        Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (TshwaneDJe HLT, Pretoria, SA & UGent - Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium)

·        Phillip Louw (OUPSA - Oxford University Press Southern Africa, Goodwood, Cape Town, SA)

·        Victor M. Mojela (Sesotho sa Leboa NLU, University of Limpopo, Sovenga, SA)

·        Justus Roux (SU-CLaST - Stellenbosch University Centre for Language and Speech Technology, Stellenbosch, SA)

·        Wlodzimierz Sobkowiak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)



Chairperson: Prof. Rufus Gouws


In this panel discussion representatives of different publishing houses will have the opportunity to inform us about the lexicographic endeavours and plans of their respective companies. The following representatives have already confirmed their participation in this panel:

·        Convenor: Rufus H. Gouws (Stellenbosch University, Matieland, Stellenbosch, SA)

·        Laetitia Botha (PESA - Pearson Education South Africa, Pinelands, Cape Town, SA)

·        Philip Louw (OUPSA - Oxford University Press Southern Africa, Goodwood, Cape Town, SA)

·        Jana Luther (Pharos - Pharos Woordeboeke / Dictionaries, Roggebaai, Cape Town, SA)

·        Sizakele Ncoko (MML - Maskew Millar Longman, Pinelands, Cape Town, SA)


Other publishers interested in joining this session are requested to please contact Prof. Rufus Gouws at



These two panel discussions will be presented consecutively and form part of the activities of the 11th International AFRILEX Conference on Lexicography. Please see the latest Circular for registration and other details.


Looking forward to seeing you in Thohoyandou.


AFRILEX greetings!


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