The Dialectology Section holds a number of archives in different media. The archives contain various kinds of material collected over a long period of time and representing a part of the Danish cultural heritage.
The Dialect Slip Collections
The collections hold around 6 million slips, each provided with an entry word and containing information on pronunciation, meaning and usage as well as informant, location and time of recording. The Island Slip Collection serves as the basis for editing Ømålsordbogen (Dictionary of Danish Insular Dialects). The material has been collected either by Section staff members doing fieldwork and interviewing dialect speakers, or by local laymen. A minor part is excerpted from the Danish Folklore Archives or from written texts, for example peasants’ diaries.
The Manuscript Collection
This collection contains replies to questionnaires of terminological and phraseological nature, unpublished descriptions of specific dialects or dialect features, older source material etc.
The Picture Collection
The collection contains around 1500 primarily original photographs and drawings of tools, architectural details etc.
The Sound Archive
The archive holds around 4000 recordings of traditional and contemporary rural dialects, of urban sociolects and ethnolects, and of various kinds of discourse.