State-of-the-art on monolingual lexicography for Estonia

  • Jelena Kallas Institute of the Estonian Language, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Margit Langemets Institute of the Estonian Language, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Kristina Koppel Institute of the Estonian Language, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Maria Tuulik Institute of the Estonian Language, Tallinn, Estonia
Keywords: lexicography, dictionaries, Estonian


The paper describes the state of the art of monolingual lexicography in Estonia. Firstly, we describe the current situation in Estonia and the main public functions performed by the Institute of the Estonian Language. Secondly, we provide an overview of the primary types of monolingual academic dictionaries (dictionaries of Standard Estonian and explanatory dictionaries) published in Estonia since the 20th century. Monolingual learner’s lexicography has emerged as a new field in the 2010s, focusing on basic vocabulary and collocations. Thirdly, we give a short overview of accessibility policy and availability of language resources for Estonian. Finally, we envisage the future work in the field of lexicography in the Institute. Within the framework of the new dictionary writing system Ekilex the Institute is moving away from presenting separate interfaces for different dictionaries towards a unified data model in order to provide the data in the aggregated form.


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How to Cite
Kallas, J., Langemets, M., Koppel, K., & Tuulik, M. (2019). State-of-the-art on monolingual lexicography for Estonia. Slovenščina 2.0: Empirical, Applied and Interdisciplinary Research, 7(1), 25-38.