Iben Nyholm Debess
  • V. U. Hammershaimbs gøta 22, FO-100 Tórshavn

    Faroe Islands


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Iben Nyholm Debess is a linguist and PhD Fellow at the Language Technology Centre at the Faculty of Language and Literature (Føroyamálsdeildin). Iben currently does research in language technology for Faroese language.

Prior to her current position (2023-), Iben was employed as a Research Assistant at the language department at UFI, and Iben has previously worked with language technology and data development (2019-2022) and corpus management and linguistic analysis in the fields of sociolinguistics and bilingualism (2012-2018).

Iben's work in language technology includes a project developing data sets for Faroese ASR, as well as a Faroese grapheme-to-phoneme tool (G2P), and developing data sets for sentiment analysis and machine translation. 

She has teaching experience in Sociophonetic Fieldwork, Faroese Phonetics and Phonology, and organises a summer course in Faroese language for Nordic language students.

Iben is head of the Language Commitee at the University of the Faroe Islands.

Research Interests

Language technology, Faroese language, NLP, Evaluation, Machine Translation, Sentiment Analysis, Semantic Textual Similarity, 

Phonetics, Syntax, Data management


- Sociophonetic Fieldwork (2021)

- Faroese phonetics and phonology, focusing on Second Language Aquisition (2023)

- Organising an annual summer course in Faroese language for Nordic language students

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Linguistics, University of Copenhagen

1 Sept 20141 Aug 2017

Award Date: 1 Aug 2017

Bachelor, Linguistics

1 Sept 20111 Jul 2014

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

External positions

Team Leader, ASR data development, Grunnurin Talutøkni

1 Jan 20191 Feb 2022

Research Assistant, Corpus data, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany

1 Aug 20171 Aug 2018

Corpus Administrator, LANCHART Centre, University of Copenhagen

1 Dec 20121 Jan 2016


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