German corpora

Susanne Freytag (
Tue, 25 Mar 1997 21:00:40 -0500

Hello. Your email address was given to us by Marie Helt who mentioned
that you had been most helpful to her with corpora requests in the past.

My colleagues and I are currently beginning work on grammaticalization
projects in Germanic languages and are interested in obtaining
computerized corpora. I'm not at all certain as to how to go about doing

I have heard of a databank in Frankfurt which has corpora - I'm
waiting to find out exactly what - but they work on the principle that
you can get material if you give some other material in return. We
don't really have anything to offer since our department does not have
a scanner. Are there other sources? Would other ways of obtaining texts
throw me into financial ruin? I would appreciate any information you
could give me which might put me on the right track.

Thank you very much.

Susanne Freytag
Department of German
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill