Creating a Basic Language Resource Kit for Faroese

Annika Simonsen, Sandra Saxov Lamhauge, Iben Nyholm Debess, Peter Juel Henrichsen

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The biggest challenges we face in developing LR and LT for Faroese is the lack of existing resources. A few resources already exist
for Faroese, but many of them are either of insufficient size and quality or are not easily accessible. Therefore, the Faroese ASR
project, Ravnur, set out to make a BLARK for Faroese. The BLARK is still in the making, but many of its resources have already been
produced or collected. The LR status is framed by mentioning existing LR of relevant size and quality. The specific components of the
BLARK are presented as well as the working principles behind the BLARK. The BLARK will be a pillar in Faroese LR, being
relatively substantial in both size, quality, and diversity. It will be open-source, inviting other small languages to use it as an
inspiration to create their own BLARK. We comment on the faulty yet sprouting LT situation in the Faroe Islands. The LR and LT
challenges are not solved with just a BLARK. Some initiatives are therefore proposed to better the prospects of Faroese LT. The opensource principle of the project should facilitate further development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4637-4643
Number of pages7
JournalLREC proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventProceedings of the 13th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation -
Duration: 20 Jun 202225 Jun 2022


  • low-resource language
  • Faroese


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