ANT 324L • Germans and Swedes in Texas: Their Languages & Cultures-W
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Have you ever wondered why German is spoken in places like New Braunfels and Fredericksburg, Texas? How come Swedish was spoken in some parts of Texas until the 1970s, but not any more? This course explores the relationship between immigrants in the U.S. and their languages and cultures, as pertains to the German and Swedish speaking immigrants who came to Texas in the 19th century. Readings, discussions, and assignments will explore the following questions, among others: What are the linguistic and cultural consequences of immigration? How are immigrant languages changed by contact with the host country?s language ? and vice versa? What generalizations can be made about language choice and functions, language learning, and inter-lingual communication in immigrant settings? What effect do national policies have on immigrants and their languages? What is the relationship between language and identity? What are the advantages and disadvantages of bilingual education?
Discussing topics such as cultural identity, language contact, and language maintenance and shift, we will focus on immigration in the United States, with particular reference to German and Swedish immigrants. Linguistic insights are augmented by relevant work from historians, anthropologists, and geographers. This course contains a substantial writing component. Although helpful, no knowledge of German or Swedish is required since the course is taught in English. All texts are in English. This course contains a substantial writing component. It is taught in English