The project "Reference Corpus Middle Low German/Low Rhenish (1200–1650)", abbreviated as "ReN", is part of the "Corpus of Historical German Texts", which includes the projects
- "Old German Reference Corpus (750–1050)",
- the "Reference Corpus Middle High German (1050–1350)" and
- the "Reference Corpus Early Modern New High German (1350–1650)".
The project "Reference Corpus Middle Low German/Low Rhenish (1200–1650)" deals with a structured selection of Middle Low German and Low Rhenish monuments of speech from 1200 to 1650. This selection is based on the parameters
- "time" and
- "field of writing".
The reference corpus of Middle Low German and Low Rhenish texts is based on manuscripts, prints and inscriptions. It is intended to provide an insight into the culture of speech and writing in Middle Low German and Low Rhenish regions. This spectrum of text types can be used to trace the linguistic development on the base of diatopic and diachronic subcategorisation.
The aim of the project is the publication of
- diplomatic transcribed,
- lemmatised and
- grammatically annotated texts.
The processed data – especially on the grammatical level – enables a linguistic analysis of the Middle Low German and Low Rhenish language, which goes far beyond what has been possible until now.