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Spring 2014

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:

Autumn 2013

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:

Spring 2012

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:

Summer 2011

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:

Spring 2011

The etymological data of the following sources have been successfully entered into the database:

Data on Saami words very comprehensive

The etymological data on the Saami words in the database are currently very comprehensive, as data from the central publications have been included (See On Álgu). The retrospective collection of Saami words will hereby end for the moment. We will, however, continue to follow etymological research, and new data are entered into the database as they are available. Whilst compiling the database, we will be focusing on Finnish words from now on. Our objective is that the database should also yield etymological information on Finnish words in the future. Currently, we do not have resources to improve the user interface or repair the small functional defects in the database.

Summer 2010

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:

Spring 2010

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:

Autumn 2009

The database now also includes English and German-language user interfaces.

Spring 2009

All the loan data concerning the Saami languages in the work Suomen sanojen alkuperä (SSA) [Origins of Finnish Language] have been registered in the database.

The entries beginning with the letters A through K in Lagercrantz’ dictionary have now been carefully registered in the database. Certain entries have also been registered from the second half of the dictionary; thus, over half of Lagercrantz’ dictionary has now been registered in the database.

Autumn 2008

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:

Spring 2008

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:

All the etymological data in Konrad Nielsen’s North Saami dictionary have now been entered in the database. Nielsen’s dictionary, covering ca. 30,000 entries, was published in Oslo, Norway between 1932 and 1962.

The complete data concerning Saami language words in the Etymological Dictionary of the Uralic Languages UEW have now been entered in the database. The dictionary was published in Wiesbaden in 1988.

Autumn 2007

Skolt and Kola Lapp dictionary data in the database

The database now includes all the data relevant to the etymological research of words concerning Skolt, Akkala, Kildin, and Ter Saami from T.I. Itkonen’s Skolt and Kola Lapp Dictionary. Itkonen’s dictionary came out in 1958 and it covers around one thousand pages.

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:

Referring to the Álgu database

Instructions for referring to the Álgu database

Summer 2007

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:

Orthography of North Saami words

We have received feedback on the North Saami orthography used in the database. As stated in the instructions, we have written North Saami words according to what is referred to as dictionary orthography, where a set of clarifying diacritical marks are used in addition to the diacritics belonging to the present-day orthography:

  • a short superscript vertical line indicates an overly long consonant nucleus (e.g. jorˈri 'wheel', usually jorri)
  • a line over the vowels u, o, i and e indicates a long vowel (e.g. gōrodit 'to sew', usually gorodit)
  • a dot under the vowels a, o, e and u indicates a short vowel (e.g. sáhkọhit 'impose a fine', usually sáhkohit)
  • a dot under h indicates dialectal pronunciation differences (e.g. áccáḥuššat ‘mock, tease’, usually áccáhuššat)

These additional diacritics are not part of ordinary present-day orthography, nor is it necessary to use them whilst searching the database.

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:

Spring 2007

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:

November 2006

The Álgu database was opened to general public as part of the 30-year tour of the Research Institute for the Languages of Finland at the Giellagas Institute of the University of Oulu on 17 November 2006. The entries beginning with the letter L are currently covered in the most detailed manner.

The etymological data in the following reference works have been registered in the database successfully:



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General description of the database structure. The database contains interrelated words... Read more.