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Das MEND-Korpus im Archiv für Gesprochenes Deutsch: Entstehung, Möglichkeiten, Grenzen

  • For many reasons, Mennonite Low German is a language whose documentation and investigation is of great importance for linguistics. To date, most research projects that deal with this language and/ or its speakers have had a relatively narrow focus, with many of the data cited being of limited relevance beyond the projects for which they were collected. In order to create a resource for a broad range of researchers, especially those working on Mennonite Low German, the dataset presented here has been transformed into a structured and searchable corpus that is accessible online. The translations of 46 English, Spanish, or Portuguese stimulus sentences into Mennonite Low German by 321 consultants form the core of the MEND-corpus (Mennonite Low German in North and South America) in the Archive for Spoken German. In addition to describing the origin of this corpus and discussing possibilities and limitations for further research, we discuss the technical structure and search possibilities of the Database for Spoken German. Among other things, this database allows for a structured search of metadata, a context-sensitive token search, and the generation of virtual corpora that can be shared with others. Moreover, thanks to its text-sound alignment, one can easily switch from a particular text section of the corpus to the corresponding audio section. Aside from the desire to equip the reader with the technical knowledge necessary to use this corpus, a further goal of this paper is to demonstrate that the corpus still offers many possibilities for future research.

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Author:Göz KaufmannORCiDGND, Jan GorischORCiDGND, Thomas SchmidtORCiD
Parent Title (German):Deutsche und weitere germanische Sprachminderheiten in Lateinamerika. Grundlagen, Methoden, Fallstudien
Series (Serial Number):MinGLA – Minderheiten germanischer Sprachen in Lateinamerika / Minorías de lenguas germánicas en Latinoamérica (1)
Publisher:Peter Lang
Place of publication:Berlin [u.a.]
Editor:Patrick Wolf-Farré, Lucas Löff Machado, Angélica Prediger, Sebastian Kürschner
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2023
Date of Publication (online):2023/10/23
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
Tag:Mennonite Low German; corpus treatment and editing; functionalities of the Database for Spoken German; language variation; methods of data elicitation
GND Keyword:Datenaufbereitung; Datenbank; Datenerhebung; Korpus <Linguistik>; Mennonitendeutsch; Metadaten; Sprachvariante; Übersetzung
First Page:103
Last Page:147
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Program areas:P2: Mündliche Korpora
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International