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FA-52000-05

Hans C. Boas
University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Language Change in the Texas German Community

This book presents an analysis of the factors leading to language change and language death in the Texas German community. Based on data from the 1960s as well as 80 hours or recordings of sociolinguistic interviews I conducted in 2002, I show how rapidly Texas German has been eroding over the past four decades. With this assessment, I analyze the causes of language shift from Texas German to English in the Texas German community, and place the results in the context of other cases of language death in the United States and abroad.

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Project fields:
Linguistics

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 12/31/2006