This is a preliminary reception survey about a new treebank gathering German literary texts, which will soon be available online for research purposes within the Universal Dependencies (UD) project. A treebank is an annotated textual corpus, in which syntactic relations between words are encoded through metadata. This treebank mainly aims at providing some structured literary data that can be exploited for stylistics and other linguistic studies, through computer-based analysis mainly.

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* 1. Which is your main research area?

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* 2. Would you appreciate the opportunity to quickly extract syntactic information from historical texts (not only from those of the German literature) through automatic methods?

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* 3. Would you appreciate the opportunity to extract such information from texts of the German literary history in particular?

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* 4. Would you appreciate the opportunity to use this information to conduct analysis about syntax in different authors, works and genres, similar to those shown in the email (such as measuring the use of coordination or subordination, measuring the distribution of the syntactic functions, or highlighting what are the most common subjects and objects of  certain verbs, etc...)?

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* 5. Currently, the treebank exclusively hosts texts by authors of the late 18th century. How much are you interested in treebank-based studies on data of this period?

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* 6. What German authors and/or genres and/or literary movements would you like the treebank to host in the future?

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* 7. Currently, beside lemma and part of speech, the treebank hosts information concerning the syntactic functions played by words (such as 'nominal subject', 'main verb' or 'noun modified by a relative clause', to name but a few). What additional linguistic information would you like to have encoded in the texts (such as thematic roles, topological fields, morphological features, animacy, etc...)?

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* 8. Would you appreciate the opportunity to compare the syntax or other features of the texts gathered in the treebank with those of their translations into other languages?

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* 9. If you could exploit this treebank for research purposes (in a future extended version also), what linguistic analysis would you like to run in particular?

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