Speaker
Professor Péter Mainz
Universität Augsburg
 
Abstract
Unserdeutsch is the only German-lexifier creole language we know of. It had its beginnings in the Bismarck Archipelago in Papua New Guinea shortly before and after World War I. Nowadays, only a few elderly speakers living in Papua New Guinea and the eastern  states of Australia are still proficient in the language. The paper describes the goals and some preliminary findings of a recently started international research and language documentation project based at the University of Augsburg. A particular focus of attention will be on the unique sociolinguistic features and major typological characteristics of Unserdeutsch.
 
 

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Gordon Greenwood Building (#32)
The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Room: 
210