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Sprachinselwelten – The World of Language Islands

Entwicklung und Beschreibung der deutschen Sprachinseln am Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts- The Developmental Stages and the Description of German Language Islands at the Beginning of the 21 st Century


Edited By Nina Berend and Elisabeth Knipf-Komlósi

Dieser Sammelband besteht zum Teil aus den Referaten der Sprachinselsektion der 1. Internationalen Tagung der IGDD, die im März 2003 in Marburg an der Lahn stattgefunden hat. Die anderen Beiträge wurden von Forschern aus verschiedenen Sprachinselregionen der Welt beigesteuert. Im Zentrum der Aufsätze stehen soziolinguistische, dialektologische und kontaktlinguistische Entwicklungen, die in deutschen Sprachinseln der Welt am Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts stattfinden.
This collection of papers contains contributions to the language island section of the First International Conference of the International Society for German Dialectology (IGDD), which took place in Marburg an der Lahn, Germany in March 2003. In addition, further contributions are included on research done in language island regions of the world. The focus of the essays is the socio-linguistic, dialectological and contact-linguistic survey of the development of German language islands across the world as registered at the beginning of the 21 st century.


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How Far Have We Come and Where Do We Still Need to Go? – The Evolving Dialect Atlas


Michael T. Putnam / D. Chris Johnson (Lawrence, Kansas) Online multi-media capability has transformed the dialect atlas from the traditional primarily map-based printed book with text to an internet-based repository of maps, recorded sound ex- cerpts, text and supplemental links to supporting documentation. Does this portend the end of the printed folio map atlas? This article discusses some of the strengths and weaknesses of both the traditional printed dia- lect atlas and the online atlas of the 21st century with a particular emphasis on ease of access to the materials and the way the data is presented. The Linguistic Atlas of Kansas German Dialects is featured as an example of an online multi- media dialect atlas. In the 21st century, it is no longer assumed that research publications, including dialect atlases, must appear on paper. Publication costs and selling potential no longer must dictate whether dialect researchers can get their work published. The affordability of a publication no longer must determine whether interested readers can have access to maps, transcriptions and analyses of dialect data. Maps that once had to appear in large folio books in order to adequately detail speech islands can now be presented in a variety of ways that arguably surpass the highest quality folio maps. Interested scholars and researchers can now listen to actual sound files of interview data rather than trusting the printed transcrip- tion of a word or phrase. This article presents the evolution of the dialect atlas over the last century, from 20th...

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