The Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language at the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU) was established in 1945 for the purpose of compiling linguistic materials and creating the basic resources for Slovenian language: a dictionary of orthography and pronunciation; a dictionary of standard Slovenian; descriptive and historical studies in linguistics; an historical-onomastic dictionary; an historical-topographical dictionary; a linguistic atlas; monographs on texts in various dialects; and phonogramic archives of dialects.
Since 1982 the institute has included sections for the development of lexical, etymological-onomastic, dialectical and terminological dictionaries. The institute's basic research into the Slovenian language both past and present and the extensive compilation of unique materials are important for the development of linguistics in Slovenia and at an international level.
Slovenian Linguistic Atlas
The project Slovenian Linguistic Atlas to chart and compile all the dialects has taken over 70 years, with four generations of linguists compiling a list of words in over 400 local dialects and the corresponding maps. In 2012 the first book man (body, illness, family) was published, while in the years 2011 to 2015 the second volume of SLA covered the semantic field of ‘farm’.
The Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language ZRC SAZU has been involved in several international projects, including the General Slavonic Linguistic Atlas (OLA), the European Linguistic Atlas (ALE), Trans-European Language Resources Infrastructure (TELRI II), the International Federation of Terminological Centres and Banks (IFTB), and the Encyclopaedia of Slovene Onomastics - EOS.
The institute publishes the Slovenski jezik / Slovene Linguistic Studies Journal together with the Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA.