The Virtual Research Environment of VerbaAlpina and its Lexicographic Function

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Author Christina Mutter, Aleksander Wiatr
Title The Virtual Research Environment of VerbaAlpina and its Lexicographic Function
Abstract This paper describes the long-term research project VerbaAlpina of Munich University, which has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) ( since October 2014. The project investigates the Alpine lexis of three conceptual domains in the Alpine region where dialects and languages belonging to three large language families (Germanic, Romance and Slavonic) are spoken. This paper emphasizes one of the project’s main functional areas, its lexicographic function, which serves to gather, process, access and visualize lexical data. To this end, data from traditional linguistic atlases and dictionaries as well as recent data gathered via the project’s crowdsourcing tool first have to undergo a process of systematic data processing to fit the unified structure of the relational database (MySQL). This process can be subdivided into three major steps: transcription, tokenization and typification. Apart from the multi-directionality of the project which collects, documents and disseminates structured linguistic and ethnographic data, VerbaAlpina also provides an innovative online publishing platform that will prove sustainable and can be easily cited.
Keywords digitalization, crowdsourcing, interlingual geolinguistics
author={Christina Mutter, Aleksander Wiatr},
title={The Virtual Research Environment of VerbaAlpina and its Lexicographic Function},
booktitle={Proceedings of the XVIII EURALEX International Congress: Lexicography in Global Contexts},
address={Ljubljana, Slovenia},
editor={Jaka Čibej, Vojko Gorjanc, Iztok Kosem, Simon Krek},
publisher={Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts},
isbn={978-961-06-0097-8}, }