Where do you say

Many linguistic resources contain geographic information, for example the location of recording or the birthplace of a speaker. These bits of information are of interest to the researchers from linguistics looking at regions in which an expression is used frequently.

Using the components of the CLARIN infrastructure, the geographic information can be used, even independent from the CLARIN centre where they are stored. Resources accessible for certain tools can be visualized in various ways.

The tool Wo sagt man (German for "where do you say") uses the external data from the database of spoken German (Datenbank für Gesprochenes Deutsch, (DGD) and highlights the areas in which an expression is being used. It shows the area on a map where something was recorded. The darker the field, the more often the expression was used. 

Especially relevant for

  • Dialectologists
  • Historians interested in specific regions
  • Philolologists

Starting point:

You have a word which is supposed to be used with regional variations 


Test if a word is used only in specific regions


Use the tool Wo sagt man of the CLARIN-D-Infrastructure using some corpora tagged for their region.

Related CLARIN-D tools and services

Sample guide for Wo sagt man (Where do you say)

  1. Go here
  2. Type in a question, for example Erdapfel (which is one of the translations of "potato").
  3. If you like you can choose among various corpora and read about them in the textarea.
  4. Click the button Starten to start the search.
  5. If you move the cursor over the area, you can see the details for that region.