A Runyakitara Culture Wiki

  • Joan Byamugisha Queensland University
  • Peterson Asingwire Makerere University

Abstract

Peterson Asingwire developed a Runyakitara culture framework in 2013, with the aim of using the wiki as a tool for Runyakitara culture documentation, collaboration, sharing, preservation, and revitalization. This paper discusses the implementation of his framework using the wikispaces web hosting service. The Runyakitara culture wiki is entirely presented in Runyakitara, from page titles to introductory information. The wiki currently has three pages: one for proverbs (enfumu), idioms (emiguutuuro), and riddles (ebishaakuzo). Our wiki is available to be read by everyone, though only members are allowed to edit and update the pages. We hope that our wiki will grow as a repository of Runyakitara culture and realize the purposes for which it was created.

Keywords: wiki, Runyakitara, indigenous language, culture, collaborative learning, collaborative writing

Author Biographies

Joan Byamugisha, Queensland University

Joan Byamugisha is the author of “The Effect of Language on the Adoption of the Google Search Engine among the Banyankore” published in the International Journal of Science and Technology in 2013; and the co-author of “Localization of Android in Runyakitara” published in the Caribbean Journal of Science and Technology in 2014. Byamugisha is the developer of the Runyakitara Natural Language Toolkit (RNLT) which so far comprises a spell checker, token classifier and extractor, word segmenter, and concordance. Byamugisha has a BSc in Computer Science and Economics from Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda; an MSc in Software Engineering from De Montfort University, UK; and has been admitted to Queensland University of Technology, Australia, for a PhD in Language Technologies for the 2015 academic year.

Peterson Asingwire, Makerere University

Peterson Asingwire is the co-author of “Localization of Android in Runyakitara” published in the Caribbean Journal of Science and Technology in 2014. Asingwire is a Runyakitara language expert with a BA majoring in Runyakitara from Makerere University, Uganda; where he was the first student majoring in Runyakitara to graduate with a First Class Honours bachelor’s degree since 1994, when Runyakitara became a major course at the Institute of Languages, School of Language, Literature, and Communication at Makerere University. Asingwire has taken part in several projects to translate various written material from English to Runyakitara.

Published
2015-02-17

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eISSN: 1998-1279