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LINGUIST List 23.1183

Thu Mar 08 2012

Books: Language Maintenance and Language Death: Roesch

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Date: 08-Mar-2012
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Language Maintenance and Language Death: Roesch
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Title: Language Maintenance and Language Death
Subtitle: The decline of Texas Alsatian
Series Title: Culture and Language Use 6
Published: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/clu.6

Author: Karen A. Roesch
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027275035 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027275035 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027202888 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027202888 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027202888 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

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.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation
                            Language Variation
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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