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International Conference on Historical Linguistics

Introduction and Contextualizing the Study of Texas German



Marc Pierce


This paper aims at contextualizing the study of Texas German within the larger fields of historical linguistics and language contact. It will show how each of the three main large-scale studies of Texas German (those by Fred Eikel, Glenn Gilbert, and the Texas German Dialect Project) was very much a product of its scholarly era. To take up just the last-named of these projects, for instance, recent TGDP studies have engaged with scholarly questions that were not part of earlier discourse, e.g. the possible creole status of Texas German, the role of social networks in Texas German language change, and phonological markedness and sound change in Texas German. It will also discuss some possible future directions for the study of Texas German.

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