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Anita Auer, Arix Xanthos (UNIL) and Daniel Gatica-Perez (EPFL) have been awarded a CROSS (Collaborative Research on Science and Society) grant for their project « Multimodal Linguistic Crowdsourcing: Tracing Swiss Heritage Speakers’ Identities in North America ».

This project aims to capture the language use and cultural practices of Swiss German emigrants in Wisconsin (US) by way of a multimodal crowdsourcing app. The reflections of Swiss identities abroad – from the nineteenth century to the present day – can be found in different modes such as emigrant letters, early printed newspapers, diaries, recordings of mid-20th-century interviews as well as interviews carried out today, and the surroundings/landscape, e.g. Swiss German signs, Swiss architecture. The purpose-built app will allow the so-called “heritage speakers” to capture all of these different aspects of their Swiss heritage, which can be done by taking geo-localized pictures, recording themselves or others, and filling in questionnaires. The researchers will, with the help of the heritage speakers, propose quality guidelines for the different processes (data collection, curation, and labeling) that are involved in the crowdsourcing part of the project.

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October 28th, 2017

Anita Auer features in the SRF 2 radio programme “Kontext” on 27 October 2017 where she talks about dialect speakers in the diaspora.

Anita Auer features in the SRF 2 radio programme “Kontext” on 27 October 2017 where she talks about dialect speakers […]

September 9th, 2017

Anita Auer features in the SRF1 radio programme “Schnabelweid” on 7 September 2017 where she talks about the use of Swiss German and English in New Glarus, Wisconsin.

Anita Auer features in the SRF1 radio programme “Schnabelweid” on 7 September 2017 where she talks about the use of […]

March 5th, 2017

Interview with Anita Auer about her experience as researcher abroad in the Austrian national newspaper “Die Presse”

You can read the article “Wo Unis die Studenten glücklich machen”, which appeared in Die Presse on 4 March 2017, […]

February 2nd, 2017

Anita Auer and Alexandra Derungs discussed the fate of Glarnertüütsch in North America in Glarus (CH)

Anita Auer and Alexandra Derungs discussed the fate of Glarnertüütsch in North America during a talk in Hotel Glarnerhof, Glarus […]

January 2nd, 2017

CROSS grant for our project “Multimodal Linguistic Crowdsourcing: Tracing Swiss Heritage Speakers’ Identities in North America”

Anita Auer, Arix Xanthos (UNIL) and Daniel Gatica-Perez (EPFL) have been awarded a CROSS (Collaborative Research on Science and Society) […]

January 1st, 2017

Anita Auer and Alexandra Derungs feature in a Swissinfo podcast

Following their recent field trip to Wisconsin (November 2016) to interview Swiss heritage speakers and to unearth some old letters, […]

July 12th, 2016

Conference “Approaches to Migration, Language and Identity”, 4-6 May 2017 (Université de Lausanne)

The international conference Approaches to migration, language, and identity, which will be held at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) from 4-6 […]

June 11th, 2016

CUSO workshop “Big data and bad data: challenges of quantitative and qualitative research methods in linguistics”, 2-3 September 2016

The workshop will focus on the empirical basis of linguistic research, particularly on quantitative and qualitative research methods based on […]

September 12th, 2015

International Symposium: “Urbanisation in the British Isles: a historical and interdisciplinary perspective”, to be held on 22-23 April 2016 at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

The next event linked to the Emerging Standards project that will be organised at the University of Lausanne is the […]

June 29th, 2015

International Interdisciplinary Workshop to be held at the University of Lausanne from 7-8 September 2015

The Emerging Standards project is co-organising an international workshop on “Interdisciplinary perspectives on the North of England in the later […]