Etymological Database of the Sami Languages
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Saamelaiskielten etymologinen tietokanta
Etymologische Datenbank für die saamischen Sprachen
Sámegielaid etymologalaš diehtovuođđu
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The Álgu project, i.e. "the Origins of the Saami language words – Sámegielaid sániid álgovuolgga" was launched at the Dictionary Department of the Institute for the Languages of Finland at the beginning of 2002, based on a project plan that had been finalized the year before. At the beginning of 2006, the project was taken over by the Research Institute’s newly established Department of Minority Languages.
The Álgu project has two regular employees: Eino Koponen and Klaas Ruppel. From the beginning of the project to February 2009, the project employed a third person, Kirsti Aapala.
Further, the following fixed-term employees have been involved in the project: Ante Aikio, Sari Antikainen, Ilona Rauhala, Auli Oksanen, Kirsimaria Riikola, Merja Salo and Ville Tikkaoja.
The Department of Minority Languages ceased to exist in 2012 and Álgu was transferred to the Dictionary Department of the Institute for the Languages of Finland.
As early as in 2011 the etymological information of Álgu regarding Saami words were quite comprehensive, since they had been picked from the main publications in the relevant field. Even though the gathering of data regarding Saami languages is over, the database is updated every time new relevant information becomes available. Nowadays the work is focused on mapping Finnish words and accordingly the database has received a second, Finnish name: Alku. So far there have been no resources for performing technical work on the database, such as improving the user interface and repairing small functional faults. Also the resources for the actual mapping of new words are currently limited.
License EUPL (http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/7774.html).
Access location: http://kaino.kotus.fi/algu/.
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