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Sonja Bosch is a professor in African Languages at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa and has been leading the development of enabling technologies and digital African language resources (LRs) in various projects for a number of years. She leads an established research group that focuses on the development of wordnets for nine African languages. For the past 20 years she has been collaborating with research partners – nationally and internationally - in particular with regard to the development of morphological analysers for Nguni languages, part-of-speech ontology databases and lexicographical data structures for under-resourced Bantu languages.

After having played a seminal role in the promotion of Human Language Technologies (HLT) in South Africa as member of the HLT Advisory Panel (of the Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology), tasked with compiling a strategy for the development of HLT (2001-2003), she currently serves as coordinator of the HLT Expert Panel of the South African Minister of Arts and Culture. She is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Centre for South African Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), which includes several member institutions that are centrally integrated into the functioning of the Centre. Sonja Bosch is co-manager of one of the partner institutions, viz. the University of South Africa with Wordnet and terminology development as specialisation area.

Linked to the above activities, she has been a member of the South African Bureau of Standards TC 37 Committee: Terminology and other language and content resources since 2006 and has officiated in various leadership positions.  Furthermore, she is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), which aims to provide evidence-based scientific advice on issues of public interest to government and other stakeholders. She is also a Board Member of the African Association for Lexicography (AFRILEX).

Prof. Dr Sonja Bosch

Department of African Languages

Tel: +27 12 429 8253  Mobile: +27 82 5588586