The AfWN would not have been possible without the input from various language experts, technical and international collaborators. Over the past ten years the following team members were involved in the project:

Project Leader:

  • Prof. Sonja Bosch, Department of African Languages, University of South Africa (UNISA)

Project Manager:

  • Ms Marissa Griesel

isiXhosa:

  • Prof. Koliswa Moropa
  • Ms Feziswe Shoba
  • Ms Kholisa Podile
  • Ms Thandi Zililo
  • Ms Hlumela Sondlo
  • Ms Angelinah Dazela

isiZulu:

  • Ms Lindelwa Mahonga
  • Prof. Rose Masubelele
  • Prof. Stanley Madonsela
  • Mr Celani Zwane
  • Ms Celimpilo Dladla

Sesotho sa Leboa:

  • Prof. Mampaka Mojapelo
  • Ms Matseleng Mabusela
  • Dr Malesela Masenya
  • Ms Debora Mampuru
  • Prof. Gerrie Grobler

Setswana:

  • Dr Jurie le Roux
  • Mr Ogodiseng Mokakale
  • Ms Alice Motsei
  • Mr Nickey Mokone

Tshivenda:

  • Prof. James Mafela
  • Dr Kanakana Ladzani
  • Ms Mutshinyani Mahwasane
  • Ms Taki Matamela

Xitsonga:

  • Ms Pearl Magamana
  • Mr Maurice Hlangwani

Technical assistance:

  • Centre for Natural Language Processing, Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic (Prof. Karel Pala, Dr Adam Rambousek)
  • Centre for Text Technology (CTexT®) at the North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa (Dr Martin Puttkammer, Ms Sunny Gent, Mr Wildrich Fourie, Mr Martin Schlemmer, Mr Handré Groenewald)
  • Academy of African Languages and Science (AALS), College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa (Mr Friedel Wolff, Mr Gideon Kotze, Prof. Laurette Pretorius)
  • South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) (Mr Pieter Labuschagne, Dr Roald Eiselen)

International collaborators:

  • Prof. Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton WordNet – Department of Computer Science, Princeton University, USA)
  • Prof. Karel Pala (Centre for Natural Language Processing, Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

The following funding made continuous research and development of the AWN possible:

  • South African Department of Science and Technology
  • South African Department of Arts and Culture
  • UNISA’s Women-in-Research Fund
  • South African National Research Foundation (NRF)
  • South African National HLT Network
  • South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR)