Unserdeutsch (Rabaul Creole German)
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Today, the Unserdeutsch page has been converted to HTML which makes it easier to store it on free internet servers. This step had to be taken because, unfortunately, the University of Wuppertal Hochschulrechenzentrum does not want to support student research projects which are not officially supervised by professors. Since the old PHP format required permanent internet access via the university network, I had to look for alternative ways of representing Unserdeutsch on the internet.



You can now listen to the following digitalized tape recordings:

Translation 3: some translations from English and Tok Pisin to Unserdeutsch

Translation 4:even more translations

Lexical influence: tells you something about the lexical influence of other languages on Unserdeutsch

Pronouns: gives you an impression of the Unserdeutsch pronoun system

These tape recordings were by made by Craig Volker in the late 70s and had to be digitalized from ordinary audio cassettes, therefore the quality is of course not the best.

Anyway, enjoy!



Another paper which partially deals with Unserdeutsch is now available for download in our "papers"-section:

Frowein, Friedel Martin (2006): "Transfer, Continuity, Relexification, and the Bioprogram - What the substratist / universalist debate in creolistics implies for modern theories of language acquisition"

Unserdeutsch is taken into account in the chapters 3.1 to 3.4. Be warned that my poor English might sometimes be difficult to read.



Today new digitalized recordings have been added to our site.

Chinese roots: a native speaker talks about his Chinese origin

Polylingualism: a native speaker tells us what languages he knows or once knew

Hol den Eimer!: an illustration of the Unserdeutsch imperative

Translation 1 & 2: some translations from Tok Pisin to Unserdeutsch

Languages at school: a native speaker tells us something about the status of different superstrate languages until World War II




The following paper (see our papers-section) deals with Unserdeutsch phonology:

Klein, Thomas B. (2004): "Creole phonology typology: Phoneme inventory size, vowel quality distinctions and stop consonant series" (pre-published version)

This time we would like to thank Thomas B. Klein for allowing us to publish this paper on our site!



Two more papers on Unserdeutsch are now available for download in our "papers"-section:

Mühlhäusler, Peter (2001a): "Die deutsche Sprache im Pazifik" in: Hiery, Hermann J. (ed.): "Die deutsche Südsee 1884 - 1914: ein Handbuch", Paderborn: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh (p. 239-260)

Voeste, Anja (2005): "Die Neger heben?" in: Berner, Elisabeth & Böhm, Manuela & Voeste, Anja (eds.): "Ein gross vnnd narhafft haffen - Festschrift für Joachim Gessinger", Potsdam: Universitätsverlag

We would like to thank the authors and publishers for allowing us to publish these papers on our website!



An interview with a native speaker of Unserdeutsch is now available for download.

This interview briefly discusses the differences between Unserdeutsch and Standard German from both grammatical as well as from socio-linguistic perspectives. However, the language used here should neither be regarded as "typically Unserdeutsch", nor is it Standard German. Since the interviewee is interviewed in Standard German he uses a code from in between these two languages.

Listen to the interview here.



The Unserdeutsch-project is now financially supported by the "Gesellschaft für Bedrohte Sprachen e.V." (Fund for Endangered Languages) in Cologne.

We would like to thank the GbS for their assistance!



The first Unserdeutsch recording is now available for download!

The fairytale "Rumpelstiltskin" is part of the tape recordings which were made by Craig Volker during his fieldwork in the late 70s. We would like to thank him for supplying us with the tapes!

There are more recordings to come in the nearer future, stay tuned ;-)



The following papers about Unserdeutsch are now available for download in our 'Papers'-section:

  • Volker, Craig (1989): "Rabaul Creole German Syntax"

  • Volker, Craig (1989): "The Relationship between Traditional Secret Languages and Two School-Based Pidgin Languages in Papua New Guinea"

  • Volker, Craig (1991): "The Birth and Decline of Rabaul Creole German"

We would like to thank Craig Volker for supplying us with these papers and for allowing us to publish them on our website!

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