About the project

This site provides information on the project Finno-Ugric Digital Natives:Linguistic support for Finno-Ugric digital communities in generating online content, which ran from 1 September 2013 until 28 February 2018 and was funded by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA FNN 107885) and the Finnish Academy of Sciences.

The project partners were the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the University of Helsinki. The project leader of the Finnish partner was Kristiina Jokinen, while the Hungarian project leader was Tamás Váradi. The other project members from Hungary were: Ivett Zsuzsanna Benyeda, Zsanett Ferenczi, Péter Koczka, Zsófia Ludányi, Iván Mittelholcz, Beatrix Oszkó, Eszter Simon, and Bianka Tóth.

The aim of the project is to generate language resources for Finno-Ugric minority languages and help to revitalize the digital functions of these endangered language communities. Within the project, we created bilingual proto-dictionaries which were later manually validated and corrected by native speakers and linguist experts (Northern Saami: Edit Bogár, Komi-Zyrian: Galina Punegova, Komi-Permyak: Larisa Ponomareva, Udmurt: Nadezhda Timerkhanova and Dimitri Efremov, Mari: Irina Tóth and Tatiana Efremova). The newly created word pairs enriched with several linguistic information are to be deployed on the web in the framework of Wiktionary and via this web site.

The six source languages with which we dealt in the project are: Komi-Permyak, Komi-Zyrian, Meadow Mari, Hill Mari, Udmurt and Northern Saami. As target languages, we chose four major languages which are important for these small communities: English, Finnish, Hungarian and Russian. Since all source languages are paired with all target languages, we created 24 bilingual dictionaries altogether.