MaLA-500: Massive Language Adaptation of Large Language Models

Published on Jan 24
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Large language models have advanced the state of the art in natural language processing. However, their predominant design for English or a limited set of languages creates a substantial gap in their effectiveness for low-resource languages. To bridge this gap, we introduce MaLA-500, a novel large language model designed to cover an extensive range of 534 languages. To train MaLA-500, we employ vocabulary extension and continued pretraining on LLaMA 2 with Glot500-c. Our experiments on SIB-200 show that MaLA-500 achieves state-of-the-art in-context learning results. We release MaLA-500 at


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