Aims

EDD Online: applied, corrected and supplemented is a follow-up project of TRP 00116-G20 (2011 to 3/2016). It suggests to complete and exploit the unique English dialect interface created by EDD Online. This is much more than a digitised version of Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary (1898-1905). Our complex query platform allows access to eight parameters (such as compounds, phrases, variants), to be combined with up to eight filters (such as dialect areas, labels, sources, time spans). This platform means a new impulse to historical English dialectology, both by the valid material it provides and by new methods of analysis that are now possible. A number of international publications and the keen worldwide interest even in our beta version have testified to the relevance and value of our interface.

In concrete terms the project suggests:

  1. to implement the 179 pages of Wright's Supplement
  2. to improve our interface and software, also by correcting the bugs/mistakes that we have so far become aware of, and certainly will be confronted with by our international users
  3. to encourage application of the data base in the form of the completion of an EDD Manual, as well as dissertations and other academic work, both at home (Innsbruck: master thesis) and abroad
  4. to promote the use and value of EDD Online on the internet and on international conferences – a task necessarily neglected during the phase of EDD Online's creation
  5. to seek cooperation and partnerships with specific colleagues and institutions, in particular, with Univ. Prof. emer. Hans Göbl (U of Salzburg) on dialectometry (Letter of Cooperation). Moreover, there may be some exchange of opinion with the Austrian Academy of Science (Dr Eveline Wandl-Vogt) and the Naturhistorische Museum in Vienna on a codification of flora and fauna, and with Oxford University Press (Dr Philip Durkin) on issues of lexicography.

By presenting its results and methods, the project will also encourage synergy within the new Innsbruck initiative "Digitised Humanities". Internationally, the new project, if granted, will no doubt have a strong impact on lexicography (also of German dialects), but also on dialectology, variety linguistics, sociolinguistics, cultural studies and computer linguistics.

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