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Koski, J-P., Arhippainen, L., Ukko opaštau lapšie äijän : serious games as tools for teaching Viena Karelian to Finns?, Proceedings of the FRUCT’25, Helsinki, Finland, 5-8 November 2019, ISSN: 2305-7254, p. 489-500

Ukko opaštau lapšie äijän : serious games as tools for teaching Viena Karelian to Finns?

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Author: Koski, Juha-Pekka1; Arhippainen, Leena1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, INTERACT Research Unit Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: FRUCT, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-03-03


The Karelian language is the closest linguistic relative to Finnish. It is spoken in Finland and Russia, in the Republic of Karelia. Karelian is classified as a minority and endangered language. Karelian is divided into two main dialects; Karelian Proper and Olonets Karelian. Karelian Proper is divided into North Karelia (Viena), and South Karelian. Viena Karelian is the closest dialect to Finnish language and it is needed for the communication between Finns and Viena Karelians. In this paper, we propose gamification approach and serious games to be taken as tools for revitalizing Karelian language and culture. This paper presents game prototypes called Šanakoški and Hirsipuu, which have been developed for teaching and learning Viena Karelian. We conducted user experience evaluations with 16 participants whose age varied from 10 to 84 years and 63 % of them had prior skills of Viena Karelian. The Šanakoški prototype was regarded as Easy to use, Support learning, Useful and Entertaining. Hirsipuu prototype was perceived as Inspiring, Easy to use, Entertaining, Useful and Fun.

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Series: Proceedings of Conference of Open Innovations Association FRUCT
ISSN: 2305-7254
ISSN-E: 2343-0737
ISSN-L: 2305-7254
ISBN: 978-952-69244-0-3
ISBN Print: 978-952-69244-0-3
Pages: 489 - 500
Host publication: Proceedings of the FRUCT’25, Helsinki, Finland, 5-8 November 2019
Host publication editor: Balandin, S.
Niemi, V.
Tuytina, T.
Conference: Conference of Open Innovation Association FRUCT
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Copyright information: © The Authors 2018.