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Project: History


Final report is submitted.


Official end of project. All the contracts expire 😢.


Last official project meeting (University of Vienna).


Project meeting at the Academy; presentation of the project at the University


Project meeting at the Academy

Summer 2015

We start linking texts and sound files by producing timestamps.

6.7. – 8.7.2015

International Conference on Tunisian and Libyan Arabic Dialects. Common trends | Recent developments | Diachronic aspects takes place in Vienna (organised by Veronika Ritt-Benmimoun).

25.5. – 28.5.2015

Four TUNICO colleagues take part in the 11th AIDA Conference in Bucharest.

3.2015 - 6.2015

Ines & Ines attend a digital humanities seminar.


Last day of the second field trip to Tunis.
Like the year before, it was pretty straightforward for Ines and Ines to relate to young Tunisians and conduct interviews with them. All in all, this field trip was very successful and has enriched our pool of data.


Visit of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Tunis: attempt to find linguists working on Tunisian Arabic.


Visit to the IBLA (Institut des belles-lettres arabes) in Bāb Mnāṛa: discovering its library and looking for literature interesting for our research.


Meeting with some of last years’s interviewees, recording a monologue.


Visit of an exhibition of Tunisian handicraft artists in La Marsa called „Elbazar – marché des créateurs“

09.09.2014 - 23.09.2014

Second field campaign in Tunis: collection of plural forms of approximately 200 nouns by conducting interviews with about 30 native speakers.


Karlheinz Mörth and Ines Dallaji held a talk on the topic “Laying the Foundations for a Diachronic Dictionary of Tunis Arabic: a First Glance at an Evolving New Language Resource“ at the XVI EURALEX International Congress (15.-19.7.2014, Bolzano).

10.2013 - 07.2014

Ines Dallaji and Ines Gabsi transcribed almost 6 hours of the recorded material and revised the transcriptions together. With the help of Ines Ben Brahim they fed the VLE with data based on didactic materials and the Grammatik der arabischen Mundart der Medina von Tunis by Hans-Rudolf Singer (1984).
Ines Dallaji and Stephan Procházka have already started to revise the lexical entries.


Stephan Procházka and Karlheinz Mörth participated in the 10th AIDA Conference in Doha, Qatar, with a talk on “The Vienna Corpus of Arabic Varieties: building a digital research environment for Arabic dialects.”


We do first transcriptions of the recorded data.


We start to work on the transcriptions, preparing metadat, saving the recordings.


Ines & Ines have finished the project's first campaign. It was a very successful journey during which they have been able to talk to many residents of the capital and discover more about their own country. Talking to Tunisian youths turned out to be much easier than anticipated. They usually were very open-minded and showed a great interest in our work, for it's dealing with the tunisian dialect. In many instances, it seemed that they were proud that their language (and especially the dialect) is analysed by „foreigners“.


Discovering a new established nursery school: talking to the owner and assisting at a handicraft session with young children.


The usual pass-time in Tunis: spending the afternoon sitting in a café and observing the continual coming and going in Avenue Habib Bourgiba.


Visiting the university campus of La Manouba: talking to computer science students of ENSI (école nationale des sciences de l'informatique).


Participation at a charity concert for freedom in arts and journalism at the Sait Louis Cathedral in Carthage: many committed young people.


Interviews in the old town of Tunis: insights in the life of the suq merchants.


Start of the campaign: Ines & Ines undertake their very first interview in Le Kram, near the main harbor of La Goulette


We start to work on the first dictionary entries.


Project is granted funding for three years by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund).


Project is submitted to FWF (Austrian Science Fund).