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Towards Language Service Creation and Customization for Low-Resource Languages

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Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, 606-8501, Japan
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Faculty of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Shiga 525-8577, Japan
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School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo 169-8555, Japan
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Information 2020, 11(2), 67; https://doi.org/10.3390/info11020067
Received: 1 December 2019 / Revised: 16 January 2020 / Accepted: 21 January 2020 / Published: 27 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Computational Linguistics for Low-Resource Languages)
The most challenging issue with low-resource languages is the difficulty of obtaining enough language resources. In this paper, we propose a language service framework for low-resource languages that enables the automatic creation and customization of new resources from existing ones. To achieve this goal, we first introduce a service-oriented language infrastructure, the Language Grid; it realizes new language services by supporting the sharing and combining of language resources. We then show the applicability of the Language Grid to low-resource languages. Furthermore, we describe how we can now realize the automation and customization of language services. Finally, we illustrate our design concept by detailing a case study of automating and customizing bilingual dictionary induction for low-resource Turkic languages and Indonesian ethnic languages.
Keywords: low-resource languages; the Language Grid; language resources; language service infrastructure; bilingual dictionary low-resource languages; the Language Grid; language resources; language service infrastructure; bilingual dictionary
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Lin, D.; Murakami, Y.; Ishida, T. Towards Language Service Creation and Customization for Low-Resource Languages. Information 2020, 11, 67.

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