Hans Boas, associate professor of Germanic studies, has been awarded the 2011 Leonard Bloomfield Book Award from the Linguistic Society of America for his book “The Life and Death of Texas German.”
In “The Life and Death of Texas German,” Boas presents the first major study of Texas German, a unique fusion of English and 19th century German. The book includes and in-depth analysis of Boas’ Texas German Dialect Project, an online digital archive of recordings, transcriptions and translations of interviews with more than 300 Texas German speakers.
“This masterful work combines a sociolinguistic analysis of the phonological, morphological, and syntactic developments in the German spoken in New Braunfels, Texas, with a study of the larger socio-historical context that framed these developments. Written lucidly and accessibly, the book contributes significantly to the understanding of the dynamics underlying new-dialect formation, language contact, language change, and language death.” – the Linguistic Society of America
First presented in 1992, the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award was established to honor recently published books that make the most outstanding contribution to the development of our understanding of language and linguistics.
For more about Boas’ work, read the feature story, “Vanishing Voices.”