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Title: The Texas German Dialect Archive: A Multimedia Resource for Research, Teaching, and Outreach
Author: Hans C Boas
Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Author: Marc Pierce
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Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Author: Hunter Weilbacher
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Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Author: Karen Roesch
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Institution: Texas State University-San Marcos
Author: Guido Halder
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Institution: University of Texas
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Abstract: This paper describes the organization of the Texas German Dialect Project (TGDP), which aims to document and archive the remnants of Texas German. The mission of the TGDP is (a) to document Texas German as it reflects the rich cultural and linguistic traditions of its residents; (b) to gather basic research information about linguistic diversity; (c) to provide linguistic information for public and educational interests, and (d) to use the collected materials for the improvement of educational programs. The paper gives a brief histor-ical overview of the development of the Texas German community and then describes the workflow of the TGDP. We also discuss how the Texas German Dialect Archive (TGDA) is currently used for linguistic research on new dialect formation, language contact, and language death. Since the open-ended sociolinguistic interviews contain a wealth of information on the history and cultural practices of the Texas German community, the archive is also of interest to historians and anthropologists. Finally, we show how the archive has been used for community outreach programs throughout central Texas.

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This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 22, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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