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Atlas of German Dialects II - Northern Moravia

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Project Period
1/2007 - 12/2011
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
Czech Science Foundation
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Education
remaining German Dialects, direct investigation and transcription, questionnaire, the area quadrant network

The aim of the proposed Project is to record and document the remaining German dialects which were spoken in Northern Moravia. For this purpose the German dialectal speakers who live in Northern Moravia permanently will be traced and contacted. The whole surveyed territory is divided into quadrants 7 km long and there is a rule the every quadrant should be represented by one dialectical speaker at least. The linguistic data will be gained by a direct method - filling the respondents answers to a ready-printed questionnaire in a transcribed form. The progress of explorations will be redcorded at a data medium. The acquired linguistic data will be used into the consideration the results of partial national resolving teams of Germany and Austria by the processing of language atlas of German dialect within the Czech Republic territory in the area of vocabulary and its geography.


The presented output in a form of publication “Small Language Atlas of German Dialects in Moravia” represents completion of almost a ten-year period of dialectal speakers’ explorations, evaluation and classification of acquired language data, their bringing into spatial context and comments procession. Unlike partial explorations conducted until the end of 2nd World War which lacked holistic view and most importantly confirmation of explored phenomena on determined language material and unified method, the presented output represents a piece of work which is fully comparable with the generation of large language atlases such as “Sprachatlas von Nordostbayern”, “Sprachatlas von Unterfranken”, Sprachatlas von Mittelfranken”, “Sprachatlas von Bayerisch-Schwaben”, etc. These atlases were created in the last decades in a team cooperation in Germany. The acquired collection of dialectal data is unique because examined language entity is time irreversible, language code is in a majority of cases untransmittable. The extent of collection enables further exploration and evaluation.


Total number of publications: 28

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