Department of Germanic Studies

A Talk by Lida Cope

The Case of Texas Czech

Mon, April 7, 2014 | BUR 231

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Texas Czech Legacy Project’s (TCLP) ultimate goal is to document and preserve the dying Texas Czech dialect and make available various artifacts representing the Texas Czech community’s linguistic and ethno-­cultural heritage.  This presentation will introduce the digital open-­access repository and demonstration website; and discuss the effects of cross-­linguistically induced language change in a historic immigrant language community, as well as the development of the so-­called “Texas Czech Standard”.  We will review major morphological, syntactic and discourse features of Texas Czech and listen to sample recordings from Texas Czech speakers. The presentation will end with some of the puzzles the TCLP team has dealt with in trying to develop a transcription guide for a reduced language mixing standard and vernacular, often archaic, features.

For more information contact the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies.

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Sponsored by: Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Department of Germanic Studies

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