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“Die Sprach-Checker”: young citizen scientists explore their languages in Mannheim’s Neckarstadt-West

  • “Die Sprach-Checker” (Eng. “Language Checkers”) are young citizen scientists from Mannheim’s highly diverse district Neckarstadt-West. Together with linguists, they investigate a tremendous treasure: their own multilingualism. They are exploring and (re)discovering their own languages and the other languages used in their environment while documenting and reflecting on their everyday experiences in and with different linguistic practices. Our aim is to raise awareness of their strengths and to promote appreciation for their language biographies, thus fostering a sense of identification with one’s own linguistic surroundings. Such a joint research endeavour offers empirical opportunities to address (linguistic) issues of societal relevance by collecting authentic data from the multicultural district and involving its residents and local stakeholders. In this paper, we will provide insights regarding the project’s background, conception, and outcomes. We address everyone who is planning or conducting a citizen science project with young people, especially children and adolescents, or who works at the interface between science and society.

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Author:Rahaf FaragORCiDGND, Christine MöhrsORCiDGND, Elena Schoppa-BrieleGND
Parent Title (English):Austrian Citizen Science Conference 2023 (ACSC2023). 19-21 April 2023, Linz, Austria
Series (Serial Number):Proceedings of Science (PoS) (442)
Publisher:Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA)
Place of publication:Trieste
Editor:Daniel Dörler, Florian Heigl, Olivia Höhener
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2023
Date of Publication (online):2023/12/04
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
Tag:Die Sprach-Checker; Forum Deutsche Sprache
GND Keyword:Citizen Science; Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS); Linguistic Landscape; Mannheim; Mannheim-Neckarstadt (West); Mehrsprachigkeit
Page Number:6
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Program areas:Zentrale Forschung
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International