Klaara is a network of Finnish easy language researchers, set up in May 2018, and located in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Helsinki. The purpose of Klaara is to promote linguistic research on easy languages in Finland.
With the term easy language (earlier easy-to-read language) we refer to a simple form of language, used for communication with the three main user groups: people with intellectual or neurological disabilities, immigrants, and people with memory disorders. In Finland, selkosuomi (Easy Finnish) and lättläst (Easy Swedish) have been practiced since 1980’s. Out of the 5.5 million people currently living in Finland, around 750 000 people are currently considered as potential users of easy language.
In Klaara, the researchers define their own goals and seek for their own funding. Besides of connecting people and ideas, Klaara helps easy language researchers to tell the story needed for funding applications or media.
There are two Klaara blogs available in English:
In the newest blog, professor Anna Matamala from the university of Barcelona, describes the EASIT-project and the possibilities of easy-to-understand language in the access services.
In the other Klaara blog, professor Tiina Onikki-Rantajääskö from University of Helsinki, describes the ways Easy Language is underway to be established at the University of Helsinki.
Most of this website is currently in Finnish only. We wish to get the content translated in English and Swedish soon.