Swisscom's Swiss German Dictionary


The dictionary here described maps Standard German words to Swiss German pronunciations and spontaneous writings. It is compiled of 11'248 standard German words. These are first mapped to their Swiss German pronunciations in six dialects. The pronunciations are represented in the SAMPA alphabet. The six dialects are those of Zurich, Basel, Bern, Visp, and Nidwalden. Secondly, spontaneous Swiss German writings are provided – partly generated manually by Swiss German annotators, partly automatically generated.

This dictionary was compiled within a research service provided from the University Research Priority Program (URPP) ’Language and Space’ to the Swisscom Company. Contributors from the University were the three students Raphael Tandler, Alina Mächler, Larissa Schmidt. They were under the supervision of the Language and Space Lab director Dr. Tanja Samardžić. Collaborators from Swisscom AG were Lucy Linder, Sandra Djambazovska, Alexandros Lazaridis, and Claudiu Musat.

This corpus is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Release 1 (2020)

Details of the dictionary's composition, formatting, and annotation can be found in the following two reports:

1st Report, Oct. 2018 - Jan. 2019: Mapping Standard German to Swiss German Pronunciations (PDF, 3728 KB)
2nd Report, Feb. – July 2019: Mapping Swiss German pronunciations with spontaneous writings (PDF, 202 KB)


People who are interested in the dictionary for research purposes only can contact Claudiu Musat or Tanja Samardžić (contact details on the right).


Schmidt, Larissa, Linder, Lucy, Djambazovska, Sandra, Lazaridis, Alexandros, Samardžić, Tanja, Musat, Claudiu (forthcoming): "A Swiss German Dictionary: Variation in Speech and Writing", In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2020). Marseille, France.


Map by Yves Scherrer