Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache (The Digital Dictionary of the German Language)

Description: DWDS is a digital lexical system developed by and hosted at the BBAW. The system offers one-click-access to three different types of resources: a) lexical resources: a common language dictionary, an etymological dictionary, and a thesaurus; b) corpus resources: a balanced reference corpus (called “DWDS core corpus”) of German ranging from 1900 up to now, a set of additional newspaper corpora, and specialized corpora and c) statistical resources for words and word combinations. These resources are displayed alongside one another in separate panels; the system offers the choice among several views, i.e. between several profiles with predefined panel combinations.

Implementation description: For our corpora, we use the “default text” module of TEI P5. For our lexical resources we use the "printed dictionaries" module of TEI P5 with some slight modifications. For an upcoming corpus of (German) computer-mediated communication we are currently customising the “default text module”. We will publish the schema and documentation soon. We are currently providing metadata for all our resources in TEI style as well.

Access: In general, open access. We have to heed to contracts with our corpus providers, which makes the situation less easy in practice.


Alexander Geyken / Axel Herold / Lothar Lemnitzer
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Jägerstraße 22–23
10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 20370 523