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The main goal of the project activity “Ortography Guide” is to discover difficult spots in the Slovene written and spoken standard and to offer explanations and solutions to these problems in an interesting and easy-to-understand manner. Explanations are devised on the basis of data from different corpus collections, and as such they represent modern view on language and depict real, live Slovene as it is used here and now. Ortography Guide is intended for all web users, and is available free online.

Accordingly with modern trends and technological developments Ortography Guide is designed as a web portal. Thus we can exploit the advantages of online interactiveness and linking of various diverse resources.

Language problems

To discover which are the typical problems that writers and speakers have when communicating in Slovene, we collected questions related to language use posed on online forums and language consulting services. After automatic web crawling we tagged the questions with categories and formed an index of the most common language problems.

Orthography Guide consists of separate entries, each containing one answer to a particular detected language problem. Each answer consists of three sections:

The KRATKO IN JEDRNATO (SHORT AND CONCISE) section provides a concrete answer to questions such as is the right form Shakespearjev or Shakespearov opus?

The NA DOLGO IN ŠIROKO (LONG AND EXPANSIVE) section contains a longer explanations for users who are interested what is the general lingustic background related to their particular normative problem. The explanation is written in user-friendly style, terminology – if used – is explained in pop-up windows. The text contains also list of words with similar problems, corpus data, graphic and tabular data and historical provenance of the language problem. This section contains also links to related problems, as well as links to contemporary online language resources.

The section ZA NAVDUŠENCE (FOR ENTHUSIASTS) is intended for more advanced users and shows linguistic resources where themes related to the particular language problem are discussed. The collection of resources consists of digitized texts of linguists which were published in books, scientific journals or newspapers.


Entries in Ortography Guide are linked to other project results and external resources: reference corpus Gigafida, corpus of spoken Slovene GOS, Slovene morphological lexicon Sloleks, online dictionary of Slovene literary language SSKJ, official online dictionary of Slovene ortography, web dictionary of Slovene (SSSJ), terminology portal Termania, Slovene Wikipedia etc.

Ortography Guide follows two guidelines: it offers simple solutions to concrete problems and aims at educating portal users to use modern language resources in order to be able to find answers to their language problems by themselves in the future.


Idea and the manual for authors: Aleksandra Bizjak Končar, Helena Dobrovoljc, Kaja Dobrovoljc, Nataša Logar Berginc, Polonca Kocjančič, Simon Krek, Aleš Pogačnik, Tadeja Rozman
Data extraction from corpora: Miha Arčan, Miha Grčar, Peter Ljubič
Portal design and programming: Peter Holozan, Rok Rejc, Aleš Velušček
Authors and expert advisers: Simon Krek, Tadeja Rozman, Damjan Popič , Kaja Dobrovoljc, Helena Dobrovoljc, Nataša Logar Berginc, Polona Gantar


Conference papers, articles, books

DOBROVOLJC, Helena, KREK, Simon, 2011: Normativne zadrege – empirični pristop. V: KRANJC, Simona (ur.). Meddisciplinarnost v slovenistiki, (Obdobja, Simpozij, = Symposium, 30). 1. natis. Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete, str. 89-97.

KREK, Simon, 2012: Spletni portal: Slogovni priročnik. V tisku. (Zbornik Slavističnega kongresa, ki bo izšel konec septembra.)


Helena Dobrovoljc, 2012: Obvestilnost normativnega priročnika – stanje in perspektive.

Simon Krek, 2012: Pravopisar – stroj, ki se moti, inteligentno.

Kaja Dobrovoljc, 2012: Leksikon besednih oblik: nadstandardno o (ne)standardnem.