Immigrant Languages in Contact: The Case of Texas Czech

Mon, April 7, 2014 | Burdine 231

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

The Texas Czech Legacy Project at the University of Texas at Austin represents collaborative effort of scholars from the University of Texas at Austin and East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. The Project's ultimate goal is to document and preserve the dying Texas Czech dialect (in its Oral Archive) and make available various artifacts representing the Texas Czech community's linguistic and ethno-cultural heritage (in its Visual Archive). This presentation by Lidia Cope (1) discusses the process of building the Project's digital open-access repository, introducing our demonstration website; and (2) demonstrates usability of a searchable oral corpus of Texas Czech for scholars studying the effects of cross-linguistically induced langu age change and shift in a historically immigrant language community, the leveling of source dialectal features and development of the so-called "Texas Czech Standard" (Eckert & Hannan, 2009; Eckert 2007).

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