The Life and Death of Texas German

An issue of: American Speech

The Life and Death of Texas German
Journal Issue Pages: 148 Volume 83, Number 5 Number: 93 Published: 2008 An issue of American Speech
Special Issue Editor: Hans C. Boas
This volume presents the first major study of Texas German as spoken in the twenty-first century, focusing on its formation and the linguistic changes it has undergone. This New World dialect, formed more than 150 years ago in German communities in central Texas, is an unusual example of a formerly high-status dialect that declined for sociopolitical reasons. An important case study for dialect research, Texas German is now critically endangered and will probably be extinct by 2050.

By comparing and contrasting present-day data with data from the German dialects brought to Texas since the 1840s, the volume offers an in-depth analysis of mutual interaction between the German-speaking community and English-speaking Texans, long-term accommodation of Texas German speakers in this new community, and language hybridization on the Texas frontier. The volume also analyzes a number of phonological, syntactic, and morphological changes in Texas German over the past century and examines sociolinguistic aspects of the Texas German community from its foundation to today, providing insight into the dynamics underlying new-dialect formation, diglossia, language shift, language maintenance, and language death. Finally, the volume investigates the rapid disappearance of languages, which has global social and cultural implications for areas beyond linguistics.


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1. Beyond Laments And Eulogies: Re-Imaginings–Eileen Boris

The Common Verse

2. Then There’s The Nurse –Cortney Davis

3. The Wages Of Patriarchy: Some Thoughts About The Continuing Relevance Of Class And Gender –Alice Kessler-Harris

4. The Practice Of Everyday Colonialism: Indigenous Women At Work In The Hop Fields And Tourist Industry Of Puget Sound–Paige Raibmon

5. Politicizing The Laboring Body: Working Families, Death,

And Burial In Winnipeg’s Influenza Epidemic, 1918–1919 –Esyllt Jones

6. “And I Feel Like I’m Dying From Mining For Gold”: Disability, Gender, And The Mining Community, 1920-1950 –Nancy M. Forestell

7. “Where Would The Negro Women Apply For Work?”: Gender, Race, And Labor In Wartime Memphis –Laurie B. Green

8. “Too Glamorous To Be Considered Workers”: Flight Attendants And Pink-Collar Activism In Mid-Twentieth-Century America–Kathleen M. Barry

9. Contributors

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ISBN Cloth: 978-0-8223-6804-5