Department carries out research into verbal folklore and classifies folk
narratives and short folk forms collected from manuscripts and published
sources. The card catalog of Lithuanian folk narratives, containing almost
130,000 texts, was prepared by Prof. B. Kerbelytė. On the basis of plot,
folktales are classified according to the international Aarne-Thompson
catalog. The catalog of legends was compiled by B. Kerbelytė. She
systematized Lithuanian folk legends on the basis of J. Balys Catalog of
Lithuanian Narrative Folklore Motifs (Lietuvių Pasakojamosios Tautosakos
Motyvų Katalogas) and internationally accepted folk legend classification
tradition. The card catalog of maxims and proverbs (project author Prof.
K. Grigas) includes more than 200,000 items. The compilation of the riddle
catalog (covering roughly 100,000 texts) was begun by academician L.
Sauka. Since 1997 riddles have been classified by A. Kensminienė.
The compilation of the first volumes of the exhaustive multivolume
compendium of folk narratives has been started.
With support from the State Lithuanian Language Commission, the Department
is building the following computerized databases: a database of Lithuanian
maxims and proverbs (manager Dr. Lilija Kudirkienė) and a database of
Lithuanian incantations (manager Dr. Daiva Vaitkevičienė).