German is a unique dialect of German that is spoken
by the descendants of German immigrants who came
to Texas beginning around 1830. Widely spoken across
central Texas for more than 150 years, Texas German
is in the process of dying out because it is not
passed on to younger generations.
of the main goals of the Texas German Dialect Project
(TGDP) is to preserve the rich heritage of Texas
German as it reflects the different cultural traditions
of its residents. To this end, members of the TGDP
conduct interviews with residents of representative
Texas German speech communities. Portions of these
interviews are digitized and subsequently stored
for preservation in the Texas German Dialect Archive
TGDA allows its users to listen to portions of interviews
in combination with their transcriptions and translations.
As more and more interviews are conducted and edited,
they will be added to the TGDA.