Texas German


  • Language: Texas German
  • Alternate names: Texasdeutsch
  • Language code: ddeut
  • Language family: Indo-European, Classical Indo-European, Germanic, Northwest Germanic, West Germanic, High German, Upper German, Middle-Modern High German, Modern High German, Upper Franconian, Global German
  • Dialect of: German
  • Number of speakers: 4000-6000
  • Script: Latin script

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    Texas German is a group of German language dialects spoken in Texas by descendants of German immigrants who settled there in the mid-19th century. Texas German is not a single dialect, and it is spoken differently in different areas of Texas. It is a mixture of the dialects that the original German immigrants spoke, combined with English and some natural language change over time.

    The verb

    The verbs are mostly conjugated as in Standard German, but some of them conjugate like in English

    Both German-based and English-based verbs are used.

    English-based words are conjugated followingly:

    Morphological marking type Example
    German markingthinken, gemovt, kickt
    Partial or likely German markinggerotate, getrapt
    English markingmove, got
    Both English and German markinggeretired, gedriven