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In this project, we will, for the first time, bring together the digitised corpora of over 240 000 texts of Finnic tetrametric oral poetry held in Finnish and Estonian institutions. Thus far, there are mostly hypothetical guesses, based on small very selected data, on how the historical Finnic runosong tradition actually varies and interconnects in terms of poetics, contents, and genres across the regions. Our research questions divide into five interrelated parts on 1) thematic networks, 2) formulaic intertextuality, 3) oral-literary circuits, 4) poetic variation and 5) regional styles across the Finnic corpus. Combining expertise on datasets and methods both in folklore and computational studies, we will develop humanistically relevant computational approaches to track the occurrence and interplay of contentual, linguistic and poetic features across the corpus, and analyse these in relation to regional traditions and recording history.
Compared to earlier works in computational analysis of texts, the complexity of Finnic corpus is at the top of the scale both in terms of linguistic, thematic, and poetic variation, and of historical biases. Overcoming this complexity will require combining source-critical reflections, computational methods and interpretive manual analysis into a coherent unity, in close cooperation between humanistic and computational scholars. Doing this, the project will also advance theoretical and practical perspectives in digital humanities.
The project will make the Finnic corpus more usable, elaborate theoretical discussions on the variation of oral tradition, advance digital approaches in humanities, and present novel computational methods to complicated linguistic settings, also suitable for other kinds of verbal arts in small or poetic languages. Creating data-driven readings and taking into account some disregarded datasets, genres and features, the project challenges and widens the very basic understandings of Finnic oral poetry, potentially affecting both national and minority identities, and making the corpus more relevant for wider research.
|Effective start/end date||01/09/2020 → 31/08/2024|
Fields of Science
- 6160 Other humanities
- Folklore studies
- Oral tradion
- Oral poetry
- Kalevala meter
- Historical big data
- 113 Computer and information sciences
- 1 Active
Janicki, M., Kallio, K. & Sarv, M., 13 Jul 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Digital scholarship in the humanities . 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Scientific › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Kallio, K., 2022, Jos mun tuttuni tulisi. Helsinki: Suomalaisen kirjallisuuden seura Translated title of the contribution: The poem "If the One I Knew Came"
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › ProfessionalOpen Access
Kallio, K., 21 Dec 2021, Inkerikot, setot ja vatjalaiset: Kansankulttuuri, kieli ja uskomusperinteet. Kallio, K., Grünthal, R. & Saressalo, L. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, p. 204–211 8 p. (Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seuran Toimituksia; vol. 1467). Translated title of the contribution: Narrative traditions of Ingrians (Izhorians)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › Scientific › peer-reviewOpen Access