A Unified Structure for Dutch Dialect Dictionary DataFolkert de Vriend1, Lou Boves1,2, Henk van den Heuvel1, Roeland van Hout2, Joep Kruijsen2, Jos Swanenberg21 Centre for Language and Speech Technology (CLST)2 Department of LinguisticsRadboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
The dialect vocabulary of the Netherlands and Flanders is recorded and researched in several Dutch and Belgian research institutes and universities. Most dictionary creation and research projects collaborate in the “PermanentOverlegorgaan Regionale Woordenboeken” (ReWo).
In the project Digital databases and digital tools for WBD and WLD(D-Square) the dialect data published by two of these dictionary projects (Woordenboek van de Brabantse Dialecten (WBD) and Woordenboek van de Limburgse Dialecten (WBL) is being digitised. In addition, the D-square project aims to develop an infrastructure for electronic access to all dialect dictionaries collaborating in the ReWo. Eventually, this infrastructure will enable unified access to dialect geographic data for the complete Dutch language area through one interface and one set of research tools as if it were one homogeneous data collection.