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Creating Automatic Dictionaries for Finno-Ugric Minority Languages

Author(s): Eszter Simon, Iván Mittelholcz, Zsanett Ferenczi
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: Finno-Ugric minority languages; automatic dictionaries
Summary/Abstract: In this paper, we present a project whose objective is to provide linguistically-based support for several Finno-Ugric digital communities in generating online content. By applying automatic dictionary-creating methods, we created bilingual dictionaries for six small Finno-Ugric languages (Udmurt, Komi-Permyak, Komi-Zyrian, Hill Mari, Meadow Mari, and Northern Sami) paired with four thriving languages which are important for these small communities (English, Finnish, Hungarian, and Russian). Since these minority languages are under-resourced languages, and standard dictionary-building methods require a large amount of pre-processed data, we had to find alternative methods. In a thorough evaluation, we compare the results for each method, focusing on the language pairs where Northern Sami is the source language. By generating online content, we aim to promote multilingualism and help revitalize the digital functions of these Finno-Ugric languages.

  • Page Range: 53-64
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Hungarian