Series 1, episode 7:
The Duden

The Duden is undoubtedly the most widely-used, well-known, and prestigious dictionary in the German speaking world, and since its inception, it has grown to include many other kinds of reference work. Over the years, it has also begun to pay attention to other varieties of German beyond the standard German spoken in Germany. But how are these other varieties treated in the Duden? How is the Duden regarded in the eyes of speakers of German, both in Germany and in other countries and regions? And where does the name „Duden“ come from?

In this episode I talk to Manfred Glauninger, a sociolinguist at the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and head of the Austrian committee for the Duden. We discuss the origins of the Duden, the representation of words and expressions in various parts of the German speaking world, and the effect this has on how German speakers perceive their own language.

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About this episode’s guest

Manfred Glauninger. Photo © CC-BY 4.0, Britta Breuers

Manfred Glauninger is a sociolinguist at the German Department of the University of Vienna as well as at the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften). He is the head of the Austrian advisory committee (Österreichischer Ausschuss) of the Duden.

Email (1): manfred.glauninger@univie.ac.at
Email (2): manfred.glauninger@oeaw.ac.at

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