The German-Lower Sorbian Online Dictionary

By November 17, 2016,
AuthorHauke Bartels
TitleThe German-Lower Sorbian Online Dictionary
AbstractAfter the publication of a new and comprehensive Lower Sorbian-German dictionary in 1999, the urgent need for an active learner’s dictionary has been widely felt. Some specifics of the sociolinguistic situation of Lower Sorbian must have direct impact on the conception of such a dictionary: For almost all speakers of younger generation German is the first and better known language. German-Lower Sorbian interference, a very small or only partially elaborated vocabulary, and an often defective command of grammar, especially of those parts of it lacking in German, is widespread. Since 2001 the Lower Sorbian Department of the Sorbian Institute works on a dictionary that tries to meet the requirements of that target-group. With respect to the fact that Lower Sorbian is highly endangered and there is no time to lose, all information is published on the internet as quickly as possible. In 2003 a first version of the online dictionary Deutsch-niedersorbisches Wörterbuch (DNW) was launched. At the present the DNW contains about 70,000 entries, but it will continually be extended and corrected; it is still considered a draft version. Apart from some technical background information, the paper gives an overview of the lexicographic description. In order to help to avoid typical L1-interferences and to actively use the minority language the dictionary offers, for example, additional information about the use of verbal grammatical and lexical aspect (Aktionsart). Also support verb constructions (so-called Funktionsverbgefüge in German), where direct translations of the German construction often lead to a non-idiomatic language usage, are taken into consideration. For a better integration of such and other important information, some new conventions have been introduced, hoping that the DNW will function as a learners’ dictionary as well as a contribution to language documentation.
SessionLexicography of Lesser Used or Non-State Languages
author = {Hauke Bartels},
title = {The German-Lower Sorbian Online Dictionary},
pages = {1450-1462},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 14th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2010},
month = {jul},
date = {6-10},
address = {Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, The Netherlands},
editor = {Anne Dykstra and Tanneke Schoonheim},
publisher = {Fryske Akademy},
isbn = {978-90-6273-850-3},