LIN 350 • LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND THE TEXAS-GERMAN EXPERIENCE-W
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Have you ever wondered why German is spoken in places like New Braunfels and Fredericksburg, Texas? This course explores the relationship between immigrants in the U.S. and their languages and cultures, as pertains to the German speaking immigrants who came to Texas starting in the 1840s. 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?