C07
Register perception in a multilingual context of German: Differentiation, awareness, and attitudes

The research project investigates how formal and informal registers are perceived in the multilingual context of German spoken in Namibia. Through corpus-linguistic and experimental methods we investigate register differentiation (e.g., What new registers of German emerge in multilingual settings?), awareness (e.g., What features do language users pick up in their perception of register distinctions?), and attitudes towards different registers (e.g., What role do different types of features play for sociolinguistic evaluations and associations?).

Members

Project leader

Prof. Dr. Heike Wiese

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

heike.wiese@hu-berlin.de

Dr. Antje Sauermann

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Members

Britta Schulte

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Student assistant

Susanne Rummel

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Jones Anam

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Cooperation Partner

Prof. Marianne Zappen-Thomson


University of Namibia, Language and Literature Studies

mzappen@unam.na

Publications

Wiese, Heike, & Bracke, Yannic (2021). Registerdifferenzierung im Namdeutschen: Informeller und formeller Sprachgebrauch in einer vitalen Sprechergemeinschaft. In: Csaba Földes (Hg.), Kontaktvarietäten des Deutschen im Ausland (Proceedings German Abroad 3).Tübingen: Narr [Beiträge zur Interkulturellen Germanistik / BIG].

Wiese, Heike; Sauermann, Antje, & Bracke, Yannic (2021). Coherence and language contact: Orderly heterogeneity and social meaning in Namibian German. In: Karen V. Beaman, Frans Hinskens, & Gregory Guy (Eds.), The coherence of linguistic communities: Orderly heterogeneity and social meaning. Routledge [Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics].

Wiese, Heike (2021). Communicative situations as a basis for linguistic systems: Integrating linguistic multi-competence with grammatical structure. Working Papers in Urban Language & Literacies (287).

Wiese, H., Alexiadou, A., Allen, S. E. M.,Bunk, O., Gagarina, N., Iefremenko, K., Martynova, M., Pashkova, T., Rizou, V.,Schroeder, C., Shadrova, A., Szucsich, L, Tracy, R., Tsehaye, W., Zerbian, S., & Zuban, Y. (submitted). Heritage speakers as part of the native language continuum. Frontiers in Psychology.  

Presentations

Schulte, Britta (2021). V3 Sentences in Namibian German – Register Differences, Kolloquium Netzwerk (deutsche) Sprachminderheiten (Online, 24 September 2021).

Wiese, Heike , Sauermann, Antje , Schulte, Britta (2021). Lexical vs. grammatical features in the perception of Namibian German, German Abroad 4 (Windhoek, online, 27-28 September 2021). [invited plenary talk]

Wiese, Heike (2021). How alien is it abroad? German in heritage and majority language settings, German Abroad 4 (Windhoek, online, 27-28 September 2021).

Wiese, Heike (2021). Language Situations: A method to elicit comparable, naturalistic data across registers, languages, and speakers, Colloquium Østfold University College (Online, 14 September 2021).

Wiese, Heike , Bunk, Oliver & Schulte, Britta  (2022). Bare NPs in German in the US, Namibia, and Germany: Results from a comparative corpus study, Deutsche Sprachminderheiten kontrastiv (Bamberg, 3-4 March 2022).

Schulte, Britta (2022): Register(wahrnehmung) im Namdeutschen, Tagung Netzwerk (deutsche) Sprachminderheiten.

 

Contact

Prof. Dr. Heike Wiese

Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik

(030)2093-9674

heike.wiese@hu-berlin.de