Spoken German database

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Screenshot of the DGD: Search for "apple" in the Zwirner body

The database for Spoken German is the corpus platform of the Archive for Spoken German (AGD) at the Institute for German Language . It contains various recordings of spoken German as well as associated transcripts and documentation.

The first version (Fiehler / Wagener 2005) has been available since the early 2000s. DGD2 (Schmidt / Dickgießer / Gasch 2013), which was first put online in 2012, is a new development. Parts of the archive (audio recordings of spoken language and associated metadata, transcripts and additional materials) are made available to the scientific public online via the DGD. It currently contains almost 20,000 records from 34 corpora of spoken language. These are, on the one hand, corpora that document varieties of German (domestic German dialects, domestic German colloquial languages, foreign German varieties), and on the other hand, conversational corpora . The former include the corpus of German dialects: Zwirner corpus , a major survey of German dialects carried out in the 1950s and 1960s , and the corpus of German colloquial languages: pepper corpus . The latter includes the research and teaching corpus Spoken German (FOLK) , which is currently being developed .


  • Fiehler, Reinhard / Wagener, Peter (2005): The Spoken German Database (DGD) - Collection, archiving and investigation of spoken language as tasks of linguistics. In: Conversation Research - Online Journal for Verbal Interaction. 6/2005, 136-147. Online version (PDF; 731 kB)
  • Schmidt, Thomas / Dickgießer, Sylvia / Gasch, Joachim (2013): The database for spoken German - DGD2. Mannheim: Institute for the German Language. Online version
  • Schmidt, Thomas (2014): Conversation corpora and conversation databases using the example of FOLK and DGD. In: Discussion research (15), 196–233. Online version
  • Deppermann, Arnulf / Schmidt, Thomas (2014): Conversation databases as a methodological instrument in interactive linguistics - an exemplary study based on the corpus FOLK in the database for spoken German (DGD2). In: Communications from the German Association of Germanists (61), 4–17. Online version

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