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The project

Name in English: “Computational tools for the revitalization of endangered Finno-Ugric minority languages (FinUgRevita)”
Name in Hungarian: “Számítógépes eszközök a veszélyeztetett finnugor nyelvek nyelvi revitalizációjáért (FinUgRevita)”
Name in Russian: "Компьютерные средства для ревитализации финно-угорских языков под угрозой исчезновения (FinUgRevita)"
The project is carried out by researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland (Principal Investigator: Roman Yangarber) and at the University of Szeged, Hungary (Principal Investigator: Anna Fenyvesi). The project is supported by the Finnish Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian National Research Fund, OTKA.
Project number: OTKA FNN 107883; AKA 267097
Funding period: September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2017.

The aim of the project is to provide computational language tools for endangered indigenous Finno-Ugric languages in Russia, assisting the speakers of these languages in using the indigenous languages in the digital space, and to assess, with the tools of sociolinguistics, the success of these computational language tools. Our research aims to contribute, in a practical way, to providing the answer to the question of how endangered indigenous Finno-Ugric languages can be actively supported, their speech communities strengthened, and language revitalization aided.

In the computational linguistic component of this project we plan to use existing language resources in endangered minority Finno-Ugric languages to develop computational tools (learning tools and authoring tools) that would enable speakers to use their minority language in modernized popular discourse required in common everyday functions of written language use. The tools, we believe, will increase speakers' proficiency in their minority language, positively change speakers' attitudes to their minority language, and, in the end, aid the revitalization process.

In the sociolinguistic component of the project we want to assess the success of the developed and deployed computational tools. The sociolinguistic assessments will be carried out before and after the development and deployment of the tools in order that the results can be compared.

So far, we are working with two languages, Mansi and Udmurt.