PhonBank German L2 VYSA Corpus

Anne Vainikka
Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences
University of Delaware


Martha Young-Scholten
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Newcastle University

Participants: 3
Type of Study: naturalistic / longitudinal
Location: Germany
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/T53602

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Young-Scholten, Martha and Monika Langer. 2015. The role of orthographic input in L2 German: Evidence from naturalistic adult learners’ production. Applied Psycholinguistics 36(1):93-114.

Young-Scholten, Martha & Anne Vainikka. 2011. The Acquisition of German: Introducing Organic Grammar. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

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Project Description

The acronym VYSA for this corpus stands for Vainikka and Young-Scholten's Americans. Recordings for this study were from participants spending a year abroad learning German while living with German-speaking host families and attending German secondary schools in standard German-speaking urban and peri-urban regions of Germany. None of the three had prior exposure to German, there were no special German classes for them at their secondary schools and there were no other exchange students at their schools. The study took place in the 1990s before the wide-spread use of digital devices and social media, which meant that participants spent their free time interacting in German rather than in English. Recordings were made in a quiet room at each participant’s host family’s home or in another quiet location. Utterances were spontaneous in nature through conversations between the researcher and the participant. In addition, participants also took a range of broad and narrow elicitation tasks to better examine their production of morphosyntax and phonology.

NameAge# SessionsSex
Joan 166F
Paul 174M
George 154M