Month: August 2014

Trilingualism in Texas: Sorbian, German, and English

University of Priština Introduction In a small area near the Central Texas town of Giddings, some sixty miles east of Austin, there exists a trilingual ethnic group on the rapid verge of extinction: the Sorbs. The three languages involved are Upper Sorbian, German and English. An extremely small number of individuals still speak Upper Sorbian …

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Review 4: Walter Koschmal

Walter Koschmal. ed. Perspektiven Sorbischer Literatur. Schriften des Komitees der Bundesrepublik Deutschland zur Förderung der Slawischen Studien. 19. Köln: Böhlau, 1993. 328 pp. 78 OM (cloth). Perspektiven Sorbischer Literatur, ed. Walter Koschmal. Slavic and East European Journal 39 (1995): 153-54 Perspektiven Sorbischer Literatur comprises a lengthy introductory essay by the editor and eighteen essays dealing …

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The Upper Sorbian Language in Texas

In a small area near the Central Texas town of Giddings, some fifty miles east of Austin, there exists a trilingual ethnic group on the rapid verge of extinction: the Sorbs (or to employ the term in use in the area, the Wends). The three languages involved are Upper Sorbian, English, and German. An extremely small number of individuals still speak Upper Sorbian and to the best of my knowledge there are no families today in which Sorbian is the principal language of communication. The Upper Sorbian language in Texas, forced to compete with not one, but two, dominant languages, is on the verge of extinction.