An Overview of German Language Varieties in Rural South Africa

with Dr. Sheena Shah, University of Hamburg

Tue, April 30, 2019 | BUR 337

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

An Overview of German Language Varieties in Rural South Africa

With Dr. Sheena Shah, university of Hamburg 
German settlement in South Africa took place in various migration streams, beginning in the early 1700s. Today, German-speaking communities are scattered throughout the country; while most German speakers are concentrated in urban areas, a number of rural German settlements continue to exist. Rural German-speaking communities are predominantly found in three provinces in South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Mpumalanga (MP) and North West (NW). In these communities, villagers speak various languages on a daily basis, including German, English, Afrikaans, and sometimes also a local African language. In this presentation, Dr. Shah will focus on five rural Geman-speaking communities in South Africa. The presentation opens with a brief historical overview of these German-speaking
communities, followed by a description of the sociolinguistic situation of the speakers. The main part of the presentation is dedicated to the presentation and discussion of selected morphosyntactic
and lexical characteristics of these local varieties. 

Sponsored by: Department of Germanic Studies, Linguistics Research Center, Texas Language Center

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