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database: Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (WSK) Online
database: Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (WSK) Online

Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (WSK) Online

Dictionaries of Linguistics and Communication Science (WSK) Online
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About this database

WSK Online is an Online Database covering all the major areas of linguistics and communication science. The dictionaries steer a course between semantic definition and comprehensive knowledge, combining the best of both approaches.

This e-resource offers:

  • Precise definitions
  • Thorough explanations
  • Synonyms and/or antonyms where applicable
  • Detailed bibliographic information

Hundreds of researchers from around the world have contributed to the WSK Online project, ensuring that the lexicographic output adheres to the most rigorous academic standards. All area editors are experts in their respective fields. The articles are in German (with English translations of the terms and definitions) or in English (with German translations of the terms and definitions) and covers numerous subfields.

Your Benefits

  • A modern lexicographic Online Database with more than 15,300 articles
  • Annual updates
  • Written by respected, international scholars
  • Bilingual user interface with numerous search criteria
  • Non-restrictive DRM – allows for an unlimited number of simultaneous users campus / institution-wide



Editor In Chief:
Stefan J. Schierholz
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Founded by: Stefan J. Schierholz and Herbert Ernst Wiegand

This database currently covers the following subfields:

    • Grammar

      • Morphology: Stefan J. Schierholz / Pál Uzonyi

      • Syntax: Stefan J. Schierholz / Pál Uzonyi
    • Word Formation
      Peter O. Müller / Susan Olsen
    • Historical Linguistics
      Mechthild Habermann / Ilse Wischer

    • Phonetics and Phonology
      Bernd Pompino-Marschall / Tracy Allan Hall
    • Grapholinguistics
      Martin Neef / Said Sahel / Rüdiger Weingarten
    • Dialectology
      Heiko Girnth / Peter Rosenberg
    • Text Linguistics, Stylistics and Discourse Analysis
      Christina Gansel / Constanze Spieß
    • Quantitative and Formal Linguistics
      Reinhard Köhler / Peter Grzybek / Sven Naumann
    • Theories and Methods in Linguistics
      Bernd Kortmann
    • Lexicology and Phraseology
      Christiane Fellbaum / Ingo Warnke / Daniel Schmidt-Brücken
    • Linguistic Typology
      Johannes Helmbrecht / Dagmar Jung
    • Cognitive Grammar
      Constanze Juchem-Grundmann
      Susanne Niemeier and Doris Schönefeld
    • Philosophy of Language
      Christoph Demmerling / Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer
    • Language Learning: First Language, Second Language,
      Foreign Language
      Jörg Kilian / Jutta Rymarczyk
    • Onomastics
      Kirstin Casemir / Eckhard Meineke
    • Media Studies
      Christoph Bläsi / Michael Bachmann

More than 14,500 articles are already available; further subject areas are in preparation.

Lemmas A-Z

Persons A-Z

Places A-Z



Last updated on 12.12.2023

More than 14,500 articles are already available with further articles to be added annually. When finished, this unique project will contain some 16,000 entries.

WSK Online: sample articles

Update Frequency

Once a year.

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