German in Siberia

Research project
Active research
Project period
2008 - ongoing
Project owner
Department of Languages and Literatures

Short description

Siberian German is transcribed German spoken of about 36 000 people in the region of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia (Russia). The corpus consists of about 34 000 words.

German is the spoken language of ethnic Germans who today live in several parts of Siberia. They are the descendants of German colonists who settled in the second half of the 18th century in the Volga region, St. Petersburg, in Crimea, Caucasus, Volhynia and other parts of Russia. The Germans living in Siberia today are largely assimilated. However, German as the first language is disappearing from their everyday lives. But a unique language contact situation of spoken German with Russian and other languages was established in Siberia.

Within the framework of the research project “Syntax in contact. Spoken German in Siberia”, researchers from the Department of Languages and Literatures traveled in 2008 and 2010 to Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University V.P. Astafyev) and in 2015 to Barnaul (Altai State Pedagogical University) to conduct interdisciplinary field research.

The research data consist of audio and video recordings from the Krasnoyarsk region and from the rural locality (selo) Shumanovka in the Altai krai (Russia).

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