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What’s up, Switzerland? A corpus-based research project in a multilingual country

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Ueberwasser Simone, Stark Elisabeth,
Project What’s Up, Switzerland? Language, Individuals and Ideologies in mobile messaging.
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Linguistik online
Volume (Issue) 84(4)
Page(s) 105 - 126
Title of proceedings Linguistik online
DOI 10.13092/lo.84.3849

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


This paper offers some initial insights into the first large-scale and multilingual corpus of WhatsApp messages for linguistic research and the related research project “What’s up, Swit-zerland?”. Data was gathered in Switzerland in the summer of 2014 and will be made availa-ble to the academic public online at the end of the project (end of 2018). This article presents facts and figures about the corpus and the participants’ demographic data as well as an over-view of (the lack of) existing linguistic research in the field and the research intended in the SNSF-funded research project.