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The 25th International AFRILEX Conference: Live Conference

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Please find information regarding the Keynote speakers below

International Keynote:

Dr Miloš Jakubíček, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Bio: Miloš Jakubíček is the CEO of Lexical Computing, a research company working in the area of language technologies, primarily at the intersection of corpus and computational linguistics and computer lexicography. By profession he is an NLP researcher and software engineer. His research interests are devoted mainly to two fields: effective processing of very large text corpora for lexicographic purposes and parsing of morphologically rich languages. Since 2008 he has been involved in the development of Lexical Computing's flagship product, the Sketch Engine corpus management suite. Since 2011 he has been director of the Czech branch of Lexical Computing leading the local development team of Sketch Engine and I became CEO of Lexical Computing in 2014. He is also a fellow of the NLP Centre at Masaryk University, where his interests lie mainly in morphosyntactic analysis and its practical applications.

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African Keynote: 



Prof Rufus H. Gouws, Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Bio: Rufus Gouws is professor in Afrikaans linguistics in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at Stellenbosch University where he also coordinates the postgraduate programme in lexicography. His research, teaching and supervision primarily deal with metalexicography – a field in which he has published extensively, among others as co-editor of the comprehensive Dictionaries. An International Encyclopedia of Lexicography. He complements his theoretical work with practical lexicography and is co-editor of a number of dictionaries, including the leading monolingual Afrikaans dictionary Handwoordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (HAT), the innovative Dutch-Afrikaans dictionary Prisma groot woordenboek Afrikaans en Nederlands and the multilingual specialised dictionary Wörterbuch zur Lexikographie und Wörterbuchforschung/Dictionary of Lexicography and Dictionary Research. Gouws is editor of the journal Lexicographica and the book series Lexicographica Series Maior. He represents his university as full member in the consortium of EMLex (European Master in Lexicography). Gouws is member of various scientific associations and was the first president of Afrilex, the African Association for Lexicography, of which he currently is an honorary member. He is the recipient of various grants, rewards and prizes.

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