Language Maintenance and Language Death

The decline of Texas Alsatian

Karen A. Roesch | University of Texas at Austin
ISBN 9789027202888 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027275035 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This book provides the first extensive description of Texas Alsatian, a critically-endangered Texas German dialect, as spoken in Medina County in the 21st century. The dialect was brought to Texas in the 1840s by colonists recruited by French entrepreneur Henri Castro and has been preserved with minimal change for six generations. Texas Alsatian has maintained lexical, phonological, and morphosyntactic features which differentiate it from the prevalent standard-near varieties of Texas German. This study both describes its grammatical features and discusses extra-linguistic factors contributing to the dialect’s preservation or accelerating its decline, e.g., social, historical, political, and economic factors, and speaker attitudes and ideologies linked to cultural identity. The work’s multi-faceted approach makes its relevant to a broad range of scholars such as dialectologists, historical linguists, sociolinguists, ethnographers, and anthropologists interested in language variation and change, language and identity, immigrant dialects, and language maintenance and death.
[Culture and Language Use, 6] 2012.  xv, 253 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Language Maintenance and Language Death represents the culmination of Roesch’s vital work to document a moribund language. This book is essential reading for every student or scholar of German varieties in the United States, and it will have a place on the bookshelf of scholars with
more general interests in German and American sociolinguistics.”
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Main BIC Subject

CF/2AC: Linguistics/Germanic & Scandinavian languages

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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