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.
URL: https://dioe.at/en/article-details/
[Access: 08.04.2020]
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), Dragana Rakocevic (PP04: Projektmitarbeiterin), 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), Florian David Tavernier (PP03: Student Assistant), Gerrit Tscheru (PP04: Student Assistant), Michael Pucher (PP02: national research partner), Hannes Scheutz (PP02: co-opted)
15. February 2020
Cluster B – Blog

Der Atlas zur deutschen Alltagssprache (AdA). Ein DiÖ-Satellitenprojekt stellt sich vor

Sprache interessiert die Leute, besonders wenn es um regionale Unterschiede geht: „Eine Kollegin wollte sich um viertel zehn mit mir verabreden – ich wusste zuerst nicht, was sie meinte.“ – „Wir sagen Sessel, unsere neuen Nachbarn kennen das nur als Stuhl.“ – „Er hat mich ganz verständnislos angeschaut, als ich einen Meterstab von ihm wollte.“

Wie kann man dieses Interesse und das Wissen der Leute nützen? Der Atlas zur deutschen Alltagssprache (AdA) zeigt, wie’s gehen kann.

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30. March 2020
Cluster B – Publications

Breuer, Ludwig M. / Wittibschlager, Anja: The variation of the subjunctive II in Austria. Evidence from urban and rural analyses.

  • Breuer, Ludwig M. / Wittibschlager, Anja (2020): The variation of the subjunctive II in Austria. Evidence from urban and rural analyses.. In: Linguistic Variation 20/1 , 136 -171. [DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/lv.19005.bre]
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03. March 2020
Cluster B – Teaching

Digitale Sprachwissenschaft (PS)

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02. March 2020
Cluster B – Teaching

Sprachgeschichte des Deutschen: Grammatikalisierungspfade im Spiegel synchroner Variation (KO)

  • Sprachgeschichte des Deutschen: Grammatikalisierungspfade im Spiegel synchroner Variation (KO)
    Persons: Lenz, Alexandra N.
    Beginn: 02.03.2020 - 16:45 h
    Time: Mo, 16:45-18:15, Beginn: 02. März 2020
    Location : Seminarraum I Germanistik Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock/Unterteilung, Stiege 7a über Stiege 9, Universitätsring 1, Wien
    [URL: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/de/course.html?lv=100170&semester=2020S]
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02. March 2020
Cluster B – Teaching

Lexikalische Variation und lexikalischer Wandel (SE)

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02. March 2020
Cluster B – Teaching

Deutsch in Österreich (VO)

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02. March 2020
Cluster B – Teaching

Sprachvariation - Spracherwerb (PS)

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