GER 612/712 German in Waterloo
German-speaking immigrants and their descendants have populated Waterloo Region for over two centuries. This course will investigate how their presence is felt in the region, and how aspects of migration, most centrally those related to language and identity, have impacted the community over time.
Topics include: (language) histories of German-speaking immigrants, food discourses, language attitudes and ideologies, cemeteries as linguistic landscapes, changing du/Sie forms, language repertoires/code-switching/translanguaging, migration narratives and letters. For end-of-term papers, students will research a related topic, for which they may use available resources such as a comprehensive data corpus of interviews with German-Canadians and a diverse university archive containing e.g. local newspapers and family correspondence.