Task Cluster B: Variation

Task Cluster B focuses on the dynamics of varieties of German in Austria in their complex linguistic and social structures. Thereby, individual tendencies as well as those tendencies specific to certain groups are taken into account. Task cluster B is divided into three project parts that collectively address the following questions:

Who in Austria speaks which form(s) of German to whom and when? Which registers (varieties, styles) are chosen in certain contexts and how are they used? Which speech repertoires are in fact available to whom in Austria?

Which processes of language change can be derived from the comparison between ‘older’ language data and the SFB’s new data of currently spoken German? Which hypotheses can be postulated as a result of the synchronic variation ‘in vivo’ with regard to processes of language change in the future?

To what extent do cities such as Vienna and Graz influence the linguistic conditions in Austria? Which kind of impact do these cities have on the dialect landscape in Austria, on the one hand, and on the establishment and stabilisation of an Austrian standard language, on the other?

In order to pursue these and other questions, language data of a large number of people (of diverse regions and groups) in Austria are currently being collected and analysed extensively. Future steps will include the investigation of individual linguistic characteristics and potential patterns of language use. Within the scope of the data collection, rural as well as more urban areas (c.f. PP04) are taken into consideration. Besides dialects, special attention is paid to the German standard language in Austria as well as to the colloquial forms of speech which lie in between dialect and standard language (c.f. PP03). In addition to the data collected in the course of the SFB, comparative language data of the past century are consulted in order to trace the evolution of dialects in Austria (c.f. PP02).

The linguistic data, which will be analysed in Task cluster B, are primarily collected via active field work. This means that in all three project parts the selected speakers are recorded in their home regions, ranging from Vienna and Graz to smaller and more rural locations in all of Austria’s federal provinces. These recordings take place in different ‘examination situations’ which cover traditional sociolinguistic ‘in depth interviews’ (discussing topics such as individual language experiences), experimental investigation techniques (such as translation exercises or image descriptions), and conversations close to everyday speech situations. This way, our speech data can offer a broad picture of various ‘linguistic spaces’ in Austria.


Task cluster B: Variation and changes of German in Austria consists of the following project parts:

PP02: Variation and change of dialect varieties in Austria (in real and apparent time)
PP03: Between dialects and standard varieties: Speech repertoires and varietal spectra
PP04: Vienna and Graz – Cities and their influential force

For more information concerning the individual project parts, please click on the links above.

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DiÖ (2018): Task-Cluster B: Variation. In: DiÖ-Online.
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Team: Alexandra N. Lenz (PP03: project leader), Stephan Elspaß (PP02: project leader), Arne Ziegler (PP04: project leader), Ludwig Maximilian Breuer (PP03: associated), Lars Bülow (PP02: project coordination), Stefanie Edler (PP04: Project Staff), Johanna Fanta-Jende (PP03: Project Staff), Ann Kathrin Fischer (PP04: Project Staff), Fabian Fleißner (PP03: Project Staff), Kristina Herbert (PP04: Project Staff, elected Young Researchers Representative), Nina Kleczkowski (PP04: Project Staff), Katharina Korecky-Kröll (PP03: Project Staff), Manuela Lanwermeyer (PP03: Project Staff), Jan Luttenberger (PP02: Project Staff), Georg Oberdorfer (PP04: Project Staff), Michaela Rausch-Supola (PP02: Project Staff), Philip Vergeiner (PP02: Project Staff), Dominik Wallner (PP02: Project Staff), Anja Wittibschlager (PP03: Project Staff), Barbara Binder (PP03: Student Assistant), Tara Ramona Geng (PP03: Student Assistant), Alexandra Grohe (PP03: Student Assistant), Lisa Handler (PP04: Student Assistant), Alexandra Hiebert (PP03: Student Assistant), Lisa Höllebauer (PP04: Student Assistant), Marlene Lanzerstorfer (PP03: Student Assistant), Teresa Monsberger (PP04: Student Assistant), Dragana Rakocevic (PP04: Studentische Hilfskraft), Florian David Tavernier (PP03: Student Assistant), Gerrit Tscheru (PP04: Student Assistant), Michael Pucher (PP02: national research partner), Hannes Scheutz (PP02: co-opted)
15. January 2020
Cluster B – Blog

O Canada! Auf Forschungsreise im Land, wo Ahornsirup und Niagarafälle fließen

Gruppenfoto der Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer des internationalen Workshops "Urban and Rural Language Research: Variation, Identity and Innovation" in Toronto.(c) Tagliamonte, Sali

Im November 2019 folgte eine kleine Abordnung von PP04 dem Ruf des kanadischen Winters und begab sich für einen Workshop zum Thema „Urban and Rural Language Research“ nach Toronto. Von vergeblichen Waschbärjagden, kanadischem Wein und einem magischen Workshop.

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Article URL: https://dioe.at/en/article-details/artikel/2259/
13. January 2020
Cluster BCluster D – Publications

Variatio delectat? - Vom Verhältnis von Lexikographie und sprachlicher Vielfalt

  • Lenz, Alexandra N. (2019): Variatio delectat? - Vom Verhältnis von Lexikographie und sprachlicher Vielfalt. In: : Paradigmenwechsel in der Lexikographie. Herausforderung und Chance. Vorträge zum Auftakt des Zentrums für digitale Lexikographie der deutschen Sprache (ZDL). Hg. von den Präsidenten der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen. Berlin: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften , 64-88.
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Article URL: https://dioe.at/en/article-details/artikel/2258/
05. December 2019
Cluster B – Presentation

Lanwermeyer, Manuela: Vortrag in Salzburg (07.12.2019)

  • Lanwermeyer, Manuela (07.12.2019): Die Realisierung von nebentonigem <-ig> im österreichischen Gebrauchsstandard. (Vortrag im Rahmen der Österreichischen Linguistiktagung (ÖLT), Universität Salzburg, AT) [URL: https://oelt2019.wixsite.com/oelt2019]
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Article URL: https://dioe.at/en/article-details/artikel/2250/
28. November 2019
Cluster B – Presentation

Korecky-Kröll, Katharina: Vortrag in Salzburg (06.12. - 07.12.2019)

  • Korecky-Kröll, Katharina (06.12.2019–07.12.2019): Die Adjektivsteigerung im Deutschen in Österreich: Aktuelle Ergebnisse von Kindern und Erwachsenen aus Stadt und Land. (45. Österreichische Linguistiktagung, Universität Salzburg, AT) [URL: https://oelt2019.wixsite.com/oelt2019/]
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Article URL: https://dioe.at/en/article-details/artikel/2241/
28. November 2019
Cluster B – Presentation

Fanta-Jende, Johanna / Luttenberger, Jan: Vortrag in Salzburg (06.12.-07.12.2019)

  • Fanta-Jende, Johanna / Luttenberger, Jan (06.12.2019–07.12.2019): Viennese” Monophthongs: present – marked – given? On Intra-individual Variation of /ae/ and /ao/ Diphthongs in Standard German Pronunciation. (45. Österreichische Linguistiktagung, Universität Salzburg, AT) [URL: https://oelt2019.wixsite.com/oelt2019/]
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Article URL: https://dioe.at/en/article-details/artikel/2240/
25. November 2019
Cluster BCluster D – Presentation

Scheutz, Hannes / Elspaß, Stephan: Vortrag in Salzburg (25.11.2019)

  • Scheutz, Hannes / Elspaß, Stephan (25.11.2019): Griaß di. Hallo. Servus. Wie spricht Österreich?. (Vortrag und Diskussion im Rahmen der „Panorama:Uni“, Panoramabar Lehen, AT. https://panorama-uni.at/ https://www.stadt-salzburg.at/internet/websites/wissen/panorama_uni_am_25_11_2019_479332.htm) [URL: https://www.uni-salzburg.at/index.php?id=41699&newsid=17248&f=0]
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Article URL: https://dioe.at/en/article-details/artikel/2238/
21. November 2019
Cluster B – Presentation

Lenz, Alexandra N.: Vortrag in Wien (21.11.2019)

  • Lenz, Alexandra N. (21.11.2019): Digitale Sprachwissenschaft – Herausforderungen und Perspektiven aus germanistischer Sicht. (Digitale romanistische Sprachwissenschaft. Stand und Perspektiven, Universität Wien, Institut für Romanistik, Garnisongasse 13, Campus AAKH, Hof 8, Erster Stock, Rom 14, 1090 Wien, AT)
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Article URL: https://dioe.at/en/article-details/artikel/2219/
13. November 2019
Cluster B – Publications

Lanwermeyer, Manuela / Fanta-Jende, Johanna / Lenz, Alexandra N. / Korecky-Kröll, Katharina: Competing norms of standard pronunciation. Phonetic analyses of the <-ig>-variation in Austria

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Article URL: https://dioe.at/en/article-details/artikel/2130/
09. November 2019
Cluster B – Presentation

Fischer, Ann Kathrin: Vortrag in Toronto, CA (10.11.2019)

  • Fischer, Ann Kathrin (10.11.2019): A sociolinguistic view on older people’s interaction in urban Austria. (Workshop "Urban and Rural Language Research: Variation, Identity and Innovation", University of Toronto, CA)
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Article URL: https://dioe.at/en/article-details/artikel/2247/
09. November 2019
Cluster B – Presentation

Edler, Stefanie: Vortrag in Toronto, CA (10.11.2019)

  • Edler, Stefanie (10.11.2019): Vertical variation in urban language use. The socio-situational dimension of spoken German in the city. (Workshop "Urban and Rural Language Research: Variation, Identity and Innovation", University of Toronto, CA)
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Article URL: https://dioe.at/en/article-details/artikel/2246/
09. November 2019
Cluster B – Presentation

Tscheru, Gerrit: Vortrag in Toronto, CA (10.11.2019)

  • Tscheru, Gerrit (10.11.2019): Syntactic variation in urban Austria. Differences regarding the position of the finite verb in the verbal complex of subordinate clauses in Graz and its surroundings. (Workshop "Urban and Rural Language Research: Variation, Identity and Innovation", University of Toronto, CA)
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Article URL: https://dioe.at/en/article-details/artikel/2245/
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