Swahili text corpora

Swahili is one of the many languages whose text corpora are included in Sketch Engine, a tool for discovering how language works. Sketch Engine is designed for linguists, lexicologists, lexicographers, researches, translators, terminologists, teachers and students working with Swahili to easily discover what is typical and frequent in language and to notice phenomena which would go unnoticed without a large sample of text.

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Tools to work with Swahili text corpora

To work with the Swahili language, Sketch Engine offers the following tools:

Swahili Word Sketch

Word Sketch is the easiest way to get an at-a-glance overview of a word’s behaviour. Collocations are displayed in categorized lists to identify strong and week collocates easily.

Swahili Word Sketch Difference

Word Sketch difference will compare two word sketches and will indicate which collocates tend to combine with one word or the other. The information can be used to avoid mistakes in word choice or to study the differences between two words with a similar meaning.

Swahili concordance

The concordancer included in Sketch Engine can be used to display a list of examples (called concordance) of the search word or phrase as it appears in Swahili language text corpora. The search will display the key word with some context to the right and context to the left of the key word (KWIC concordance).

Swahili thesaurus

The thesaurus is a feature that automatically generates a list of words similar in meaning to the key word.

Swahili terminology

Terminology extraction is a feature of Sketch Engine which automatically identifies single word and multi-word terms in a subject-specific Swahili text by comparing it to a general Swahili corpus. The tool is aimed at translators, terminologist, ESP teachers and anyone who needs to deal with domain texts. The screen with results includes links to example sentences and Wikipedia definitions.

Bi-lingual terminology extraction

Parallel corpora are used to extract terms in two languages simultaneously and display a terminology list with translations into the other language.

Swahili word lists

The word list feature will generate list of all words that appear in a text or corpus. A very large corpus can be used to generate a list of all words that exist in Swahili or all words that start, contain or end in specific characters. Advanced options can be used to generate lists of grammatical categories or parts of speech used in a corpus.

n-grams in Swahili

Generating a list of N-grams contained in a text makes it possible to identify and study patterns and notice phenomena related to multi-word units (MRU) that cannot be detected by other tools.


List of available Swahili corpora

[generated automatically from SkE]