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Reference  (Quote)

In the triangle of reciprocally referring linguistic categories "designation" – "concept" – "reference", the reference indicates the individual substantiation of a, by its nature, always abstract concept, in other words: a concrete individual thing. The references appearing in the material VerbaAlpina is dealing with allow mostly a figurative depiction as drawing or photography. In comparison with designations and concepts, the references are of secondary importance in VerbaAlpina. Depictions, mostly photographs, are used as – so to speak – 'aid' within the context of the crowdsourcing in order to make the references more easily conceivable for the informants, as the concept descriptions are at times necessarily long-winded,.

(auct. Stephan Lücke – trad. Susanne Oberholzer)

Tags: Linguistics

Reference Dictionaries  (Quote)

(auct. Thomas Krefeld | Stephan Lücke)

Tags: Linguistics

Research Environment  (Quote)

The tasks and the performances of VerbaAlpina can be assigned to the following areas:
(1) documentation and diachronic analysis of the dialectal vocabulary, which is considered as characteristic in accordance with the onomasiological frame;
(2) cooperation with project partners for the mutual data exchange and data analysis;
(3) publication of the data stock, analytical texts and different material related to the project that is addressed partly to a specialist public, partly to the general public.
The functions (1) to (3) have already been activated with the first version 15/1 and are continuously extended. Two other functions are being prepared:
(4) data collection by means of crowdsourcing;
(5) installation of a research laboratory. VerbaAlpina has developed different geolinguistic tools: different cartographical depictions, levels of typification among other things. The research laboratory offers all interested users an individual use of these tools and the presentation of new, maybe also alternative analysis and results.

(auct. Thomas Krefeld – trad. Susanne Oberholzer)

Tags: Functional areas

Romansh  (Quote)

In harmony with the Constitution of the Swiss Confederation (not available in English), VerbaAlpina uses the German expression 'Rätoromanisch' (Rhaeto-Romanic) for the Romance varieties of the Grisons which traditionally cannot be rated as Italian (cf. Gross 2004 and Liver 2010). By using the term Rätoromanisch, we are by no means claiming that this Romansh of the Grisons goes together with Ladin (spoken in the Dolomite Mountains) and Friulian in the sense of a common 'language'. It was precisely for this concept which is not longer acceptable that the term 'Rätoromanisch' initially was coined by linguistics in the 19th century. The idea as such was developed by Graziadio Isaia [[Ascoli|Bibl:Ascoli 1873] and was denoted in Italian by the term 'ladino'.

(auct. Thomas Krefeld – trad. Susanne Oberholzer)

Tags: Linguistics