In a previous article (Faaß et al, 2012), a first attempt was made at documenting and
encoding morphemic units of two South African Bantu languages, i.e. Northern Sotho and Zulu, with
the aim of describing and storing the morphemic units of these two languages in a single relational
database, structured as a hierarchical ontology. As a follow-up, the current article describes the
implementation of our part-of-speech ontology. We give a detailed description of the morphemes and
categories contained in the database, highlighting the need and reasons for a flexible ontology which
will provide for both language specific and general linguistic information. By giving a detailed
account of the methodology for the population of the database, we provide linguists from other Bantu
languages with a road map for extending the database to also include their languages of specialization.
This paper has been written in the framework of the project Scientific eLexicography for Africa
(SeLA) working towards the development of electronic dictionaries and terminology databases for the
(South) African Bantu Languages.