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Title: What does wikipedia mean for Makhuwa Community


Tomas Castelo Armando

I am a Lecturer au Universidade Rovuma in Mozambique. I am agraduate in English Language Teaching and Business Communication. Born on February 10, 1984, In Malema District, Nampula Province In Mozambique. I have been volunteering to edit and created content since 2021 both on wikipedia and wikicommons. I have a lot of interest in folklores.

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Type: Lightning talk

Track: Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 8 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

Emakhuwa is the leading national language in Mozambique. Out of 30 million people 7 million speak Emakhuiwa. This population alone could be a country in itself. On topo of that id criteria for selecting a national official language was the number of active speakers alone, Emakhuwa could be the selected language.

Description[edit source]

Since 2021, a movement started to rescue the language by engaging native speaker to produce written content in this language so that linguistics and machine translation software to describe the language. Now, we have researcher in my university who are using the text in the Wikipedia to produce learning material based on the nature of written mistakes, sentence construction, dialect features which constitute bias in the reading and comprehension. Another research project which is using the corpus on the Wikipedia to train a machine which will enable pre-translation of texts.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

This sessions will encourage those who are working on the early stages of their languages to work with universities and research projects to document their languages.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Tick Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Tick Pre-recorded and available on demand