Language Identification Training (LIT) is based on a novel concept of language identification including the data obtained on acquisition of language identification features by multilingual subjects. The project has been significantly enriched by the incorporation of concepts from linguistic pragmatics and discourse analysis. Importantly, the application will enable the users to incorporate their individual backgrounds and learning experiences.
ALT presently focuses on selected languages from Nigeria, the system may accommodate a number of languages . Notably, the African continent is home to over 2,000 languages, a number which varies on what is considered a language versus a dialect. Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa,not surprisingly, has the largest number of languages in Africa with over 500 languages and is an excellent testing ground for the ALT application. Language samples were acquired from Nigeria such as Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba,Ijaw, Fulani, Ibibio, Urhobo and others.