Language Research and Other Humanities and Social Sciences

The Language Bank of Finland

The Language Bank of Finland (Kielipankki) is a service for researchers using language resources across digital humanities and social sciences. The Language Bank has a wide variety of text and speech corpora and tools for studying them. The corpora can be analyzed and processed with the Language Bank’s tools or downloaded.

Many corpora are publicly accessible, some require logging in. The rights to use restricted resources can be applied for electronically. Using the Language Bank is free of charge for researchers and students.

The Language Bank is coordinated by the national FIN-CLARIN consortium formed by Finnish universities and other research organizations. FIN-CLARIN is a part of the international CLARIN ERIC research infrastructure. FIN-CLARIN enables access to the whole CLARIN community’s language resources. Researchers and research groups can also agree with FIN-CLARIN upon depositing and distributing their own material.

Who are the Language Bank’s users?

The Language Bank’s users are researchers, teachers and students who are interested in text, speech or video corpora containing natural language and tools for utilizing them. Majority of the Language Bank’s users are language researchers but the service is equally well suited to other digital humanities research.

For practical examples of the Language Bank’s possibilities, see the monthly researcher portraits.