The Matti Kuusi International Database of Proverbs

Abstract

Based on Matti Kuusi’s library of proverb collections, the Matti Kuusi International Database of Proverbs is designed for cultural researchers, translators, and proverb enthusiasts. Kuusi compiled a card-index with tens of thousands of references to synonymic proverbs. The database is a tool for studying global similarities and national specificities of proverbs. This essay offers a practical introduction to the database, its classification system, and describes future plans for improvement of the database.

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Browsing the Matti Kuusi International Database of Proverbs.

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Search results for “one-eyed” in the Matti Kuusi International Database of Proverbs.

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Illustration of the classification structure surrounding the English proverb type “In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is a king.”

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