General Country Information

Languages: The official language is Slovenian (aka Slovene).

Co-official languages: Italian and Hungarian are co-official regional minority languages in those municipalities where the Italian and the Hungarian minority are present. The legal status of the Slovenian Language is established by the Consitution and by the Public Use of the Slovenian Language Act. Furthermore, different aspects of language use are regulated by more than 160 legal acts (e.g. legal acts on consumer rights, media, etc). Slovenia has signed and ratified the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

Language Strategies: Public Use of the Slovene Language Act, adopted in 2004, gives a legal basis for the linguistic policy in Slovenia. Based on itThe Resolution on the National Programme for Language Policy for the period of 2014-2018 identified a series of goals and measures for implementation at the inter-ministerial level. The measures support inter alia development of linguistic capacities of all groups of speakers in order to improve their reading skills, promote language skills that will be comparable to those of other European countries, and develop and promote the public use of the Slovenian language.The main change in comparison to the first Programme is a shift from the field of protection of Slovenian language to the field of language education and to the field of language equipment (resources, technology, digitalisation, standardisation, language description, terminology and multilingualism, etc.). The Action Plan for Language Equipment prepared in 2014 identified nine areas in which action was needed, among them corpora, dictionaries and lexica, and language technology applications. The Action Plan also lists costs estimates for each action and a time plan.

The Research Infrastructure Development Plan 2011-2020 identified "the need for the setting up of an infrastructure for language resources & technologies". This document included CLARIN as one of the priority research infrastructures. The Slovene CLARIN, CLARIN.SI, was established in 2013, and became a member of CLARIN ERIC in 2015.

Slovenian LR stakeholders (LTO directory)

Slovenien LR policy makers (LTO directory)

Other Relevant organisation:

Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language: The Institute of Slovenian Language was established in 1945 for the purpose of compiling linguistic materials and using them for the creation of Slovenian language resources. It is part of the The Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

“Jožef Stefan” Institute: At the “Jožef Stefan” Institute three departments are involved in language technologies research for both Slovenian and English: Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Knowledge Technologies, Department of Intelligent Systems.