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.

Department of Language Planning

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

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

The Department is also the leader of clear language in Estonia and organises the clear message competition, see

Dictionary Department

The tasks of the Department are compiling and editing dictionaries and databases of contemporary Estonian, and studying contemporary Estonian.

The dictionary writing system eelex 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.

Terminology Department

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.

Department of Speech Research and Technology

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). 

Department of the History and Dialects of the Estonian Language and the Finno-Ugric Languages

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. 

Department of Language Resources and Technology

The main task of the department is to develop and maintain dictionary and terminology systems and the associated databases and software. 

Department of Human Resources and Administratation

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.

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