SyHD – Syntax of Hessian Dialects

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The project Syntax of Hessian Dialects (SyHD), sponsored by DFG collected, evaluated and analyzed geographically comprehensive data about the main features of the dialect syntax of German as exemplified within the German state of Hesse. Data for the assessment was gathered within Hesse as well as in twelve neighboring locations, which served as points of comparison. The project’s results, which are now accessible online, include:

  • In-depth analyses of Hessian dialect syntax, carried out in a systematic synopsis of distinct linguistic subdisciplines. Data was examined according to etymology, variation linguistics and syntax theory and the findings were included in scientific publications.
  • An expert system for Hessian dialect syntax consisting of two major components: 1) Data gathered within the framework of the project and edited for further syntactic analyses (SyHD-stats, SyHD-maps) and 2) georeferenced linguistic maps of selected phenomena SyHD-atlas.

Methodologically, SyHD was based on a combination of indirect and direct surveys, which were carried out at ca. 160 locations within and 12 locations outside of Hesse. In the first step, between four and eight informants were surveyed at each location with the help of questionnaires pertaining to syntactic phenomena. In the second step, direct surveys were carried out at all of the survey locations in Hesse.