The Institute is one of the three centres where Estonian is systematically studied, and the only institution dealing with the development of the language. The Institute has seven departments.
The main task of the Department is the distribution of recommendations, explanations and advice about the Estonian language. Language advice by phone and e-mail is free of charge. See more at keeleabi.eki.ee.
The Department offers language care courses or lectures to institutions, see course information.
EU language care has been working in the Department since 2007 and its main goal is to offer language advice and the necessary language material to Estonian translators, interpreters and officials. See more at eurokeelehoole.eki.ee.
The Department is also the leader of clear language in Estonia and organises the clear message competition, see selgesonum.ee.
The tasks of the Department are compiling and editing dictionaries and databases of contemporary Estonian, and studying contemporary Estonian.
The dictionary writing system is developed in cooperation with language technology department. The Institute’s dictionaries and other language resources are collected and disseminated by the Centre of Estonian Language Resources and META-SHARE.
The task of the department is to develop terminology in the Estonian language and to coordinate terminology work. The department manages the Esterm and Militerm terminology databases and prepares the dictionary of administrative terminology.
The main tasks of the department are researching speech and developing Estonian speech synthesis and its applications. Scientific research is at the service of speech technology applications (speech styles, sentence prosody, phonological variation and emotional speech).
The department prepares and edits dictionaries of Estonian dialects, the dictionary of etymology and dictionaries of Finno-Ugric languages, studies the origin and history of the Estonian language, dialects of the Estonian language and the Finno-Ugric languages. In addition to this, they maintain and update the scientific archives and databases of the Estonian dialects and close Finno-Ugric languages.
The main task of the department is to develop and maintain dictionary and terminology systems and the associated databases and software.
The tasks of the Department are the implementation of the personnel policy and organisation of the administration arising from the Institute’s statutes and goals, and offering employees the support services related to the working environment. The area of responsibility of the department also includes the systematisation and administration of the repertory.