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Information related to the Estonian language is conveyed by the children’s Internet portal http://www.lastekas.ee/ and children are taught to become accustomed to communicate on their computers in Estonian. The following are subsidised: magazines Oma Keel (Own Language) and Hea Laps (Good Child), the quarterly Language Information News published as a supplement to the cultural newspaper Sirp, as well as the national language and literary competitions of “Kirjandusraal”, “Kuldsuud”, and others. In schools in South-Estonia, a survey was conducted related to language issues, and Emor conducted a study entitled “The Estonian Language in the Light of Value Judgements”.


The examination and usage of various regional forms of the Estonian language are supported within the framework of the following national programmes of the Ministry of Culture: Old Võrumaa Cultural Programme (2010–2013), the Setumaa Cultural Programme (2010–2013, and the Mulgimaa Cultural Programme (2010–2013).


For the promotion of the organisation and maintenance of the Estonian literary standard, the provision of free language advice (by the Institute of the Estonian Language) by phone as a part of the traditional organisation and maintenance of the language is continuing; a language maintenance centre is operating in Tartu. The latter also organises continuing training related to the Estonian language for the workers at state and local government agencies, as well as for journalists; publishes informational materials related to the Estonian language, including the language of journalism; and collects information on official and public language usage. The national programme entitled “Supporting Terminology in Estonia (2008–2012)“ is being implemented, which funds the following projects: terminology study in terminology committees and institutions of higher education; the creation of a uniform environment for dictionaries, as well as targeted terminology scholarships and individual terminology-related projects, including a project for a 5-language dictionary of education terminology. Internet access was created for the Eesti keele seletav sõnaraamat (Explanatory Dictionary of the Estonian Language).


Researching the Estonian language, the compilation of language collections, and the creation of language technology support for the Estonian language


The development of these fields of activity are primarily carried out as parts of the following national programmes: Estonian Language and Cultural Memory (2009–2013) and Language Technology Support for the Estonian Language (2006–2010) and in 2011, a follow-up language technology programme will be implemented. See the Research chapter for more on research, language collections, and language technology.

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