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Soon afterward, Boas began research that led to the NEH-funded The Life and Death of Texas German, which, in the parlance of linguists, is a longimdinal study delving into such things as diglossia (a situation, not bilingualism, in which two languages or dialects are spoken side by side in one community), morphosyntache developments (referring in Boas's study to case, word order, and loss of the preterite tense), koinization (rapid language change among speakers of a variety of dialects who are suddenly in close contact), and German Sprachinseln, or speech islands.
SPRECHEN SIE TEXAN? Steve Moyer Humanities; Jul/Aug 2010; 31, 4; Docstoc pg. 4 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further
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