Frage des Monats

Question of the Month

Are dialects becoming extinct?
Where does the word 'Teebutter' come from?
Where does the word 'Tschick' come from and what does it mean?

You've become curious? Want to know more? 
Ask your questions right here!

Here you can ask your questions about the topic “German in Austria”. If science already found an answer to your question our researchers will give you the answer. If there is no answer yet you found a gap in research. Congratulations! We will point it out to our researchers. You can also go off in search of an answer yourself. We want to wake your spirit of research!

Topics for the research questions

Although dialects are an interesting topic there are also other areas that are relevant to society and science. Possible examples are:

language contact (for example which words were taken from other languages?), perception of and attitudes to language (for example do specific expressions get linked with specific occupational groups?) or code-switching (for example switching between standard language and dialect in specific situations) etc.

Finding a research question

To find a topic and a question you can ask yourself the following questions:

•    What attracts your attention?
•    On what haven’t you got an answer yet?
•    What has research not taken in consideration so far?
•    What kind of requests do you have about the usage of the German language in Austria?
•    What are your doubts and worries about German in Austria?

If you found a research question you should investigate if there are any answers to the question yet. One collects the current state of research and gathers information and resources about this topic.

Answering a research question

  1. Choice of method: You can also go off in search of an answer yourself. Therefore, you need a certain (scientific) method ‑ the road to success so to say. We help you find and apply the right method for your research question. Possible methods are literature research, experiments or surveys.
  2. Data collection: After you decided for a method you apply it and collect data.
  3. Data analysis: Also, for the analysis of data there are certain scientific procedures.
  4. Summary of the results: After you analysed the data you can already deduce certain results. Summarize those and draw a conclusion.
  5. Publication of the work: Now that you put so much work into this project it should be published and appreciated. Others may have asked themselves the same questions and flutily looked for an answer. Especially they are interested in your results. By informing others about your findings you contribute to the knowledge gain and progress in the exploration of German in Austria.
  6. Discussion of the results and finding a new research question: The publication of the results isn’t the end yet. The results will be discussed and often new research questions are produced which still are unanswered. The circle gets closed here and the research process starts form the beginning.