(C) IamDiÖ
Institution: Centre for Translation Studies at the University of Vienna
Project lead: Gerhard Budin
Gymnasiumstraße 50, 1190 Wien
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German in Austria (IamDiÖ)

On everyone's lips and minds – German in Austria (IamDiÖ)

Project description

What interests you about the German language in Austria?

"On everyone's lips and minds - German in Austria" invites you to explore the diversity, change and use of all possible forms of German in Austria.

Dealing with one's own language or languages and different ways of speaking (from dialect to standard language) is an emotional and political issue. It plays an important role in the everyday life of people in Austria. Therefore, the participation of the Austrian population is central. By including the knowledge, opinions, experiences and concerns of the citizens in the research process, socially relevant topics are to be dealt with and discussed publicly. In this way, misunderstandings and language myths can be clarified. This means that citizens can contribute their knowledge and time to researching the German language in Austria.

The aim of the Citizen Science project "On everyone’s lips and minds – German in Austria" (IamDiÖ) is to encourage everyone to engage with their (own) use and perception of the German language in Austria and to conduct research in this field. In this way, an exchange between the interested public and science is to be supported and science is to become tangible through Citizen Science. Science, in turn, can gain new insights and approaches through public participation.

The questions in the project:

  • Which topics are of interest to the Austrian population when it comes to German in Austria?
  • How can citizens use their knowledge, concerns and experience to contribute to research into the German language in Austria?

How can one participate?

When it comes to language, everyone can have a say!

There are various ways to take part in "On everyone’s lips and minds – German in Austria".

1. Question of the month

Interested people can submit questions about the topic "German in Austria" (Question of the month). This provides an insight into socially relevant topics on the German language in Austria. If there is already a scientifically sound answer to this question, the scientists from "German in Austria" will provide an answer. If there is not an answer yet, interested parties can search for an answer themselves and start their own research project. In this way, citizens themselves become researchers in the field of linguistics. The website of the project provides information, instructions, methods and tips on the research process so that participants can find an answer to their questions.

Once a month, two of the questions submitted or researched are selected and participants can vote on the Facebook project page to decide which of the two questions to answer this month. The question with the most votes will be answered either by our scientists or our fellow researchers on the website of our project.

2. Search for writing in public space

In addition, anyone can search for writing in public space. Among the research objects are posters, signs, stickers on the street, in the park or in public buildings, which contain writing in a language or in a variety (e.g. dialect). Participants can take photos of these posters or signs (with the Lingscape App) and provide them with additional information (e.g. geoinformation or which languages can be seen). These photos serve e.g. for the analysis of variety and dynamics behind writing in public space. They can be viewed and analysed by users on a map in the app or on the Lingscape website.

The photos of writing in public space can easily be taken in everyday life, on the way to work or school.

However, there are also organised scavenger hunts to collect and analyse images in the group.

Current scavenger hunt dates in Vienna, Graz and Salzburg

3. Meme Competition

In the meme competition, dialect memes can be created in a meme generator. The aim here is to investigate the creation and distribution of memes in online media in connection with language use from a communication science perspective. Participants can add language and possibly dialect to pictures. The Meme-Generator is currently under development.

What happens to the entries?

The questions of the month and all results will be presented on various channels such as the website and social media as well as on the research platform "German in Austria. Variation – Contact - Perception". The pictures of the scavenger hunt for writing in public space will be stored and archived by the project partner Lingscape.

What do I gain if I join in?

Participants gain an insight into linguistic research and can (ideally) carry out research themselves with the help of scientists. They are encouraged to reflect on their use of language and their own perception of it. Awareness of the topics of language use and the perception of language is to be created.

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