Digging Deeper into the Finnish Parliamentary Protocols: Using a Lexical Semantic Tagger for Studying Meaning Change of Everyman’s Rights (allemansrätten)

Kimmo Kettunen, Matti La Mela

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This paper analyses the protocols of the Parliament of Finland 1907–2000. They have been digitised and published as open data by the Finnish Parliament in 20181. In the analysis we use a novel tool, a semantic tagger for Finnish – FiST [1]. We describe the tagger generally and show results of semantic analysis both on the whole of the parliamentary corpus and on a small subset of data where everyman’s rights (a widely used right of public access to nature) have been the main topic of parliamentary discussions. Our analysis contributes to the understanding of the development of this “tradition” of public access rights, and is also the first study utilizing the Finnish semantic tagger as a tool for content analysis in digital humanities research. Keyword search shows first that that the discussion of everyman’s rights has had three different peak periods in the Finnish Parliament: 1946, 1973, and 1992. Secondly, the contents of the discussions have different nature for all the periods, which could be clearly detected with FiST and keyness analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDHN 2020 : Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries. Proceedings of the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 5th Conference
EditorsSanita Reinsone, Inguna Skadina, Anda Baklāne, Jānis Daugavietis
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationAachen
Publication date1 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventDigital Humanities in the Nordic Countries - [Online event]
Duration: 21 Oct 202023 Oct 2020
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameCEUR workshop proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)1613-0073

Fields of Science

  • 113 Computer and information sciences
  • 615 History and Archaeology

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