German in Austria
language, German in Austria, scavenger hunt
The project overview
How do people in Austria use language(s)? Which languages and dialects can be found in writing on Austria's streets, in parks and in public buildings? Research on Austria's linguistic landscape gives insights into the different functions of language. Be it dialect used on a billboard, official language displayed on an information board or the use of many different languages in touristic regions, a certain language serves a certain purpose.
The project "German in Austria" explores the variety of the German language in Austria, how it has developed and how it is used and perceived by the public in Austria. The research will not only focus on spoken but also on written language. In public areas, in streets and places, written language is omnipresent on billboards, signs and advertisements which reveal the use and meaning of language in a society.
How to participate?
Individuals and school classes can either participate in a scavenger hunt organised by the project in Vienna, Salzburg or Graz, or individually upload photos of written text in the public sphere to the Lingscape app.
In addition to the photographs, school classes also have to submit a short research report of two pages. The report includes a reflection on the hunt for written texts in the public sphere, such as the various languages found in certain areas or the method used by the students.
What happens to the contributions of citizen scientists?
All photos are saved in the Lingscape online map and are made available to the public and researchers. The uploaded photographs help to analyse the European linguistic landscape but also to answer various research questions in different fields of research such as: Where are signs containing written language installed? Which languages are present in my region? Does dialect wordplay exist on billboards in cities?
How are winners being determined
The school class which uploaded the highest number of different photographs and the best research report as well as the two individuals who uploaded the highest number of different photographs will win. Everyone who provides additional information, such as the language visible on signs, stickers, etc., will get bonus points. Only georeferenced photos with different motifs and a (group or person-related) hashtag will be considered.
Non-cash prizes for two individuals, one cash-prize for one school class in the amount of 1,000 euros.
Participating and supporting institutions
Project team "Deutsch in Österreich"