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In this presentation, the speakers will offer an overview
of research objectives and outcomes from a collaborative Michigan
Humanities project entitled "From Africa to Patagonia: Voices of
" Mr. Henriksen and Mr. García Amaya will
speak on behalf of an interdisciplinary and inter-generational
research team investigating a unique linguistic and cultural contact
situation between Spanish and Afrikaans in Patagonia, Argentina.
Specifically, the presentation addresses two questions: (i) What
determines the nature of cross-language effects under long-term
language contact? (ii) Are related phonetic processes affected
similarly by cross-language interference? The speakers explore data
gathered from a bilingual community in Patagonia (Argentina), where
Spanish and Afrikaans have been in contact since the start of the 20th
century. Although the members of this community are Afrikaans-L1, they
have been L2-Spanish dominant for most of their lives (40-50 years),
and represent the last remaining Afrikaans-Spanish bilingual speakers
in Patagonia. Through three fieldwork trips, a research team conducted
sociolinguistic interviews with Afrikaans-Spanish bilinguals (in
Afrikaans and Spanish), and with monolingual Spanish and Afrikaans
controls in Patagonia and South Africa, respectively.
presentation offers data from three ongoing projects related to the
Patagonian bilinguals: (i) vowel timing and durational control; (ii)
intervocalic phonemic-stop lenition; and (iii) the production of
filled pauses (e.g., eh, em). For each project, it is considered
whether the data offer evidence of unidirectional L1-to-L2 influence,
unidirectional L2-to-L1 influence, or whether the bilinguals exhibit
bidirectional influences when speaking their two languages.
Altogether, this research shows that understanding L1-L2 interference
requires a holistic approach, including information about
language-usage patterns in the community, as well as the
phonetic/phonological structure of the sound inventories of the two
Student Assistants: Anke Britt Fiedrich
Parada, Antonia Mitko, Bianca Zens, Claudia Moser, Jenny Chantratita
& Wiebke Platzer.Register and join the webinar
Roland Schmidt-Riese, Catholic University
María Martínez Casas, Catholic
University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt