Creating a Lexicon of Bavarian Dialect by Means of Facebook Language Data and Crowdsourcing

author: Manuel Burghardt, Institute for Information and Media, Language and Culture, University of Regensburg
published: July 28, 2016,   recorded: May 2016,   views: 982
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Data acquisition in dialectology is typically a tedious task, as dialect samples of spoken language have to be collected via questionnaires or interviews. In this article, we suggest to use the “web as a corpus” approach for dialectology. We present a case study that demonstrates how authentic language data for the Bavarian dialect (ISO 639-3:bar) can be collected automatically from the social network Facebook. We also show that Facebook can be used effectively as a crowdsourcing platform, where users are willing to translate dialect words collaboratively in order to create a common lexicon of their Bavarian dialect. Key insights from the case study are summarized as “lessons learned”, together with suggestions for future enhancements of the lexicon creation approach.

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