Text+Berg digital : A project to build and annotate a corpus of texts on alpinism
In the project "Text+Berg digital" we digitise and annotate a series of yearbooks by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC): "Jahrbuch des S.A.C." (1864-1923) and "Alpen" (1925-today). The books constitute a precious collection of reports and essays on all aspects of alpinism as well as alpine nature and culture. Since these publications have come out continuously, they represent a unique basis for historical, cultural and linguistic research.
The 150 year sequence of the digitised books provides new opportunities for scientific investigation: it enables the quantitative analysis of diachronic language change as well as the study of typical language structures, linguistic topoi, and figures of speech. Moreover, the digital books allow for a quick access as the basis for the qualitative analysis of texts and pictures.