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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Q&A: The rise and fall of Texas German

Following up on the university home page feature story, Vanishing Voices, here’s a Q&A that the writer Jessica Sinn had with with Hans Boas.

Hans Boas

Hans Boas

In about 40 years, Texas German – a language intrinsic to Texas that fuses English and 19th century German – will inevitably be extinct. Hans Boas, associate professor of Germanic studies, believes that once Texas German is gone, the last vestiges of Texas’ German cultural heritage will disappear as well.

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