Daniel van Niekerk


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Universal Dependencies for Afrikaans
Peter Dirix | Liesbeth Augustinus | Daniel van Niekerk | Frank Van Eynde
Proceedings of the NoDaLiDa 2017 Workshop on Universal Dependencies (UDW 2017)


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AfriBooms: An Online Treebank for Afrikaans
Liesbeth Augustinus | Peter Dirix | Daniel van Niekerk | Ineke Schuurman | Vincent Vandeghinste | Frank Van Eynde | Gerhard van Huyssteen
Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'16)

Compared to well-resourced languages such as English and Dutch, natural language processing (NLP) tools for Afrikaans are still not abundant. In the context of the AfriBooms project, KU Leuven and the North-West University collaborated to develop a first, small treebank, a dependency parser, and an easy to use online linguistic search engine for Afrikaans for use by researchers and students in the humanities and social sciences. The search tool is based on a similar development for Dutch, i.e. GrETEL, a user-friendly search engine which allows users to query a treebank by means of a natural language example instead of a formal search instruction.