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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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FYI: Relaunch of the Dictionary Portal OWID

Author: Carolin Müller-Spitzer

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography

FYI Body: The website of the dictionary portal OWID (www.owid.de) has been
relaunched. OWID (Online-Wortschatz-Informationssystem Deutsch;
Online German Lexical Information System) is a lexicographic Internet
portal for various electronic dictionary resources that are being
compiled at the Institute for the German Language in Mannheim. The
main emphasis of OWID is on providing academic lexicographic
resources of contemporary German. Presently, the following
dictionaries are included in OWID: a dictionary of contemporary
German called elexiko, a dictionary of neologisms, a small dictionary of
collocations, and a discourse dictionary covering the lexemes that
establish the discourse about ''guilt'' in the early post-war era 1945-
1955. This week another dictionary on 300 proverbs of German has
gone online. In the near future, several additional dictionaries will
follow. Thereby, OWID is a constantly growing resource for academic
lexicographic work of the German language. An additional resource for
researchers on electronic lexicography is the Online Bibliography of
electronic Lexicography (OBELEX, http://www.owid.de/bibl/obelex/en)
which is also part of OWID.

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