I mention some project and I say, “It is not finished.” Is adding the adverb “yet” provide anything extra (perhaps, implying that some people are still working on it, versus it is abandoned; or perhaps it is expected to be finished sometime relatively soon, versus some indefinite time in the future), or is it redundant?

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    Yes, "yet" here would have the meaning that the project is expected to be finished. Work may have slowed or paused, but the project is not abandoned.
    – Peter
    Nov 30, 2020 at 12:23

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No, it isn't redundant.

There are many unfinished works which will never be finished for a variety of reasons. For example, Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.

Saying something is unfinished merely tells its current state but says nothing about its future.

Saying something is yet to be finished implies that it will be finished at some point in the future. "It is not finished yet" has the same meaning.

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