Is the term “Sprachinsel/Language Island” still appropriate?

a talk with Alfred Wildfeuer, the University of Augsburg

Tue, March 31, 2015 | BUR 337

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The presentation will focus on terms like Sprachinsel, Linguistic Island, Language Island and related expressions. These have been in use for a long time in traditional German dialectology. Not enough research has been done, however, on the descriptive adequacy of the term Sprachinsel/Linguistic Island and related terms. It is obvious that they only fit in rare occasions, for example when it comes to German speaking settlements in Northern Italy or in the Ukraine. If the focus is on different German speaking settlements in the Americas or in New Zealand, the classical concept of a Sprachinsel/Linguistic Island becomes blurred. The presentation will argue for a more specific use of this term and other related terms. This will be done with regard to several German speech minorities in Europe, America and New Zealand.

Contact Dr. Hans Boas for more information.

Sponsored by: the Department of Germanic Studies and the Texas Language Center.

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