Topics and aims


The summer school is concerned with methods and techniques in geolinguistics, a new and highly interdisciplinary research paradigm in the rapidly developing field of dialectological language variation. Geolinguistic analyses investigate and compare regional varieties with reference to their linguistic, geographical, social, cognitive and visualized spatial features. A series of lectures, interactive workshops and hands-on exercises will be offered and supervised by junior and senior researchers from Kiel as well as by national and international experts who have significantly influenced dialectology and, especially, geolinguistics. With its many different Low German dialects and the endangered Frisian language, Northern Germany is a very dynamic language area right on Kiel’s doorstep. Taking advantage of this area, the summer school will be based on a concrete case study, in which world-renowned and distinguished experts will show students how language data are collected in the laboratory and in the field, how these data are processed and converted into a corpus and how the corpus is analysed from a geolinguistic perspective. Therefore, the summer school is not exclusively addressed to students of (German) dialectology and geolinguistics, but will also provide useful complementary training for all students who are interested in language documentation (fieldwork), phonetics, corpus analysis, perceptual dialectology, sociolinguistics and typology.