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Department of Geography

How language shapes our sense of place

How do people describe landscapes and express their sense of place in words? Flurina Wartmann investigates the cultural values people assign to landscape through the prism of language.

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She is interested in the diversity of terms used to describe landscapes, and launched the website

Interested people can upload pictures of landscapes and their description as to this site, as well as landscape specific terms in different Swiss German dialects.

Flurina Wartmann in the broadcast "Schnabelweid" on Radio SRF1 (Swiss German):

and in "Kultur Aktualität" on Radio SRF2 (in German):

Flurina Wartmann