Hans C. Boas, Marc Pierce, Collin L. Brown
October 25, 2014
This paper investigates the multiple functions of wo in the complementizer position of relative and non-relative clauses in Texas German (= TxG), a critically endangered diaspora dialect of German, in order to determine whether its distribution is unique or comparable to that of wo in Standard German. We further attempt to determine whether the different functions of wo in the complementizer position are due to internal or external factors. Finally, we address the question of whether the variability of wo is perhaps indicative of the imminent demise of TxG.