The University of Tartu Archives of Estonian Dialects and Kindred Languages

The University of Tartu Archives of Estonian Dialects and Kindred Languages (AEDKL) were found in 1952 (data from Estonian dialects), later the data of kindred languages has been added.

AEDKL consist of:

  • sound recordings;
  • manuscripts;
  • electronic materials  (Corpus of Estonian Dialects);
  • photo and film collection of the Department of Estonian.
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The University of Tartu Archives of Estonian Dialects and Kindred Languages (AEDKL) consist of about 1500 hours of fieldwork recordings of Estonian Dialects and Finno-Ugric languages. About two thirds of them are recordings of Estonian dialects; the rest is mostly recordings of Finnic languages (Livonian, Votic, Ingrian, Vepsian, Karelian, Ludian and Ingrian Finnic) and Finno-Ugric (Inari Sami, Erzya, Moksha, Komi, Udmurt, Khanty, Mari) and Uralic (Kamas) languages. The first reel-to-reel tape recordings date back to 1959, from 1980-2000 the recordings are on tape cassettes, and from 2000 digital recordings have been done. Also, the older recordings have been digitalized. A lot of work has to be done for getting the older recordings from the researchers, who might still have undocumented fieldwork materials from earlier times.

Many recordings of the AEDKL are used in the Corpus of Estonian Dialects (CED). CED mainly contains the data from Estonian dialects but recently some data from other Finnic languages which are spoken around Estonia have been added. The aim is to incorporate at least Votic, Ingrian and Livonian data to the corpus. In CED, the recordings are transcribed and morphologically annotated.

An overview of the the archives and the dialect corpus: Lippus, Pärtel; Lindström, Liina; Tuisk, Tuuli 2010. Endangered Uralic languages in the University of Tartu Archives of Estonian Dialects and Kindred Languages (poster presentation, Congressus XI Internationalis Fenno-Ugristarum, Piliscsaba, Ungari, 9.-14.8.2010)

 

Contact person: Liina Lindström

liina.lindstrom@ut.ee 

 

 

 

Address, contact: UT Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics, Ülikooli 18, Tartu 50090, Estonia.

 

Last edited: 2012-02-07 10:58:36