What We Do

On Everyone's Lips and Minds -
German in Austria

… we are a platform offering information and ideas about the topic “German in Austria” and invite everyone to exchange experiences. We see ourselves as a link between interested public and science and want to make linguistics more and easily comprehensible through citizen science.

What's It About?

People & Language


In Austria there are many different types of the German language (=varieties). By that we do not just mean spoken (or written) dialects but also standard language and everything that lies “between”, including colloquial languages. Our citizen science project wants to make people think about the (their own) use and the (their own) perception of the German language in Austria. Citizens are encouraged to ask questions about these topics and to either find answers themselves, or in the dialogue with our scientists.

We are all about building bridges between the interested public and (linguistic) science.


Who Cares?

Public & Science


The usage of language is an emotional and political topic which is repeatedly discussed in public. As language plays an important role in everyday life, the topic concerns everyone ‑ and everyone can contribute with their opinion, experience, knowledge or concerns.

Where does the word „Teebutter“ come from? Are dialects in decline? -
these are just a few of the many questions which institutes of German linguistics in Austria are frequently being asked.

Science is interested in peoples' opinions about their own language(s) as well as different types of speaking, from dialect to standard language. By exchanging ideas with the public, citizen's opinions and requests can be included in the research process and thus socially relevant topics can be publicly and openly discussed.

What Is Special About It?

Discussion & Exchange


Our projects are designed for everyone who wants to participate. We address people who are already interested in German in Austria and those who would like to know more.

Throughout the research process, we are working joined by participants who are speakers of various German varieties and therefore we consider them experts. The selection of research questions, methods, data analysis and the communication of results happen in mutual exchange. In this way our research can address publics' needs and requests concerning "German in Austria" and ensure an open dialogue between science and society.

By working with you and discussing topics that are relevant for society, we advance basic research and can respond to social challenges with our findings. With our project we get an extensive view of the (variety-)landscape of German in Austria. Therefore we can create an awareness for this topic, on everyone’s lips and on everyone’s minds in Austria, so to say.


Project Phases

“On everyone’s lips and minds ‑ German in Austria” goes through several phases.


Conception and Pilot Study

In the first hase we hone our concept and test it with the help of students. “IamDiÖ” will be included in selected courses at the University of Vienna. Students' submissions and feedback are crucial for the next project phase.


Integrate other interested people

The second phase is the project's main phase, in which we try to reach as many interested people as possible.

At the beginning of this phase we aim at additionally integrating teachers of German, language associations and more people who deal with (the German) language in Austria. Following this, we will take another step towards the Austrian population ‑ because when it comes to language everyone can have a say. In this phase the first and bigger hands-on activities are planned and everyone who is interested is welcome to participate.



The project ending will be a closing event. It is still open how this event will exactly look like. The contributions of the „citizen scientists“ will be acknowledged as well as everyone involved ‑ citizens, researchers, students, … - everyone’s invited!

Our goals

  • All of Austria explores German in Austria. (You help to make science).
  • To find out what moves the society about German in Austria (and maybe was neglected by research). To induce a public discussion about the topic.
  • To make science understandable.
  • To clarify misunderstandings and language myths.
  • To arouse interest in (basic) research (of humanities). (Research does not happen far away in an ivory tower).
  • To give the significance of the humanities (linguistic) for the society.
  • To become a best-practice-example for citizen science projects in the humanities.
  • The positioning of our researchers as experts of the field German in Austria.