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Department of Computational Linguistics — Phonogram Archives


Current Projects of the Phonogram Archives

Edition of the dialect recording collection "LM", Bellinzona 1929

In 1929, the voices of speakers from all over Ticino were recorded on shellac records in Bellinzona in collaboration with the Lautabteilung der Preussischen Staatsbibliothek Mundartsprecher. These recordings have so far been published only partially in transcriptions, but are currently prepared for integral publication with all sound recordings provided on two audio CDs. Work on the publication is progressing and we plan to finish work in the summer of 2015.


The Phonogram Archives have published a sizable number of transcriptions over the years. For some time we have been working on digitizing all available transcriptions in a text corpus named PAZTeK (Phonogrammarchiv Zürich Text-Korpus). The texts have been scanned and procesed with suitable OCR software and the resulting digital texts have been corrected manually and converted into TEI/XML format.

Continuous Digitization and Documentation

We continuously work on digitizing our archives' holdings and on improving its documentation. Having bought an excellent second-hand DAT recorder, we currently aim at turning all our DAT-recordings into WAV format.