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On the role of historical newspapers in disseminating foreign words in german

  • Newspapers became extremely popular in Germany during the 18th and 19th century, and thus increasingly influential for modern German. However, due to the lack of digitized historical newspaper corpora for German, this influence could not be analyzed systematically. In this paper, we introduce the Mannheim Corpus of Digital Newspapers and Magazines, which in its current release comprises 21 newspapers and magazines from the 18th and 19th century. With over 4.1 Mio tokens in about 650 volumes it currently constitutes the largest historical corpus dedicated to newspapers in German. We briefly discuss the prospect of the corpus for analyzing the evolution of news as a genre in its own right and the influence of contextual parameters such as region and register on the language of news. We then focus on one historically influential aspect of newspapers – their role in disseminating foreign words in German. Our preliminary quantitative results indeed indicate that newspapers use foreign words significantly more frequently than other genres, in particular belles lettres.

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Author:Oliver Pfefferkorn, Peter Fankhauser
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the ninth conference on international language resources and evaluation (LREC’14)
Publisher:European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Place of publication:Reykjavik
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2014
Date of Publication (online):2014/06/13
Research ressource:http://hdl.handle.net/10932/00-01B8-AE41-41A4-DC01-5
Tag:Historische Korpora; Newspaper
Historical Corpora; Language Variation
GND Keyword:Historische Sprachwissenschaft; Korpus <Linguistik>; Sprachvariante; Zeitschrift
First Page:42
Last Page:45
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch / 437 Varianten des Deutschen
Open Access?:ja
BDSL-Classification:Deutsche Sprachgeschichte / Entwicklung der deutschen (nhd.) Literatursprache bis zum 19. Jh.
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt