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Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities - Corpus Linguistics and Morphology


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We are very delighted that our project was honored with the  award  for excellent teaching (Preis für gute Lehre).


The RIDGES project (Register in Diachronic German Science) is an investigation into the development of the German scientific language in the early modern and modern periods, ranging from the mid 15th to the 20th century. Up until the 15th century the scientific language of Europe was Latin, and all scientific texts were written in Latin. Starting in the 15th century, German scientists began writing scientific texts in German. In order to do so, they had to ‘invent’ a scientific register – both a terminology and appropriate text structures had to be developed and tested. Scientific texts have of course changed over the course of the centuries. However most changes are quantitative and not qualitative (categorial). It is only possible to track these developments by comparing texts or collections of texts from multiple points in time.

Within the RIDGES project we therefore analyze scientific texts on all linguistic levels (syntax, word formation, lexis, phraseology, textual structure, etc.), so as to be able to identify and describe developments and trends in the data. Following a variationist approach, we annotate the texts using corpus linguistic methods and quantitative techniques to find changes in textual properties. Therefore we use different formats, e.g. Excel and ANNIS. In the documentation section every preparation step of each version is described precisely.



As an important part of our project, we involve students in the creation and annotation of corpus resources within their university curriculum. We also make the resulting resources freely available for search and download in multiple formats under the Creative Commons license.

To this date, the following students have contributed to RIDGES (in alphabetical order): Abed-Ali, Ilham; Andresen, Silke; Ast, Henriette; Belz, Malte;  Benning, Katrin; Berg, Thomas; Binnyus, Cornelia; Blum, Simon; Christen, Doreen; Czilwik, Janin; Dayal, Mascha; Dittberner, Antonia; Döhn, Cora; Driemel, Imke; Ebert, Christian; Efremova, Olja; Eichhorn, Gill-Maria; Enneper, Stefanie; Esser, Judith; Fischer, Catharina; Friesenhan, Nico; Gehrke, Felix; Gerlach, Annegret; Giesel, Linda; Hartz, Rahel Gajaneh; Hiebert, Yelizaveta; Kartalis, Nikolaos; Kiraga, Sebastian; Kolbik, Ewa Anna; Kovàcs, Kornél; Krämer, Marco; Krüger, Daisy; Lehmann, Anna-Maria; Lincke, Eliese-Sophia; Lober, Maria; Lueders, Laura; Malon, Tatjana; Maniscalco, Samuele; Martynova, Maria; Maser, Kim Kristin; McKee, Laura; Metzig, Manuel; Meyer, Alexander; Mohs, Lisa; Müller, Sandra; Müller, Vinzent; Murphy, Andrew; Mursell, Johannes; Naumann, Friederike; Okuda, Akiko; Otto, Mareike; Papenhagen, Maik; Papenhoff, Angelo; Perlitz, Laura; Polte, Joachim; Raunitschka, Lisa; Reetz, Gina; Reichardt, Valerie; Reinig, Katharina; Riesler, Ina; Rosin, Lena; Sachs, Romy; Sachse, Franz-Josef; Sapronova, Anna; Sauer, Simon; Schmahl, Anna; Schmidt, Claudia; Schnelle, Gohar; Siopi, Athina; Sippach, Sarah; Skotovic, Andrea; Sohmen, Lucia; Sorokovska, Iryna; Spitzer, Madeleine; Stephan, Kristina; Stuke, Helen; Swiech, Aleksandra, Tiemann, Juliane; Tóth, Anna; Tóth, Réka; Tran, Phuong Thao; Turtureanu, Alexander; Vock, Vogler, Mirjam; Magdalena; Walak, Monika; Wekel, Juliana; Wijffels, Vita Rosalie; Wolter, Svenja; Zander, Isabell Ines; Zuchewicz, Karolina.

The RIDGES team consists of Anke Lüdeling, Amir Zeldes, Carolin Odebrecht, Thomas Krause, Vivian Voigt, Malte Belz, Gohar Schnelle and Laura Perlitz.
Furthermore Uwe Springmann is associated to the project.

The LAUDATIO project (www.laudatio-repository.org) hosts and curates the RIDGES Herbology corpus in cooperation with the LangBank project (sfs.uni-tuebingen.de/langbank).

RIDGES is supported by a Google Digital Humanities Research Award. Original facsimiles of texts have been obtained with permission from:

All corpus data generated by the RIDGES project is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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Always quote when using the data:
Lüdeling, Anke; Odebrecht, Carolin; Perlitz, Laura; Zeldes, Amir; RIDGES-Herbology (Version 8.0), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. https://korpling.org/ridges/. http://hdl.handle.net/11022/0000-0007-C6A3-1.