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The German Element in Brazil Colonies and Dialect   By: (1885-)

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In "The German Element in Brazil Colonies and Dialect," author Benjamin Franklin Schappelle offers a comprehensive exploration of the German influence on Brazilian colonies, particularly focusing on the linguistic and cultural aspects. Schappelle delves into the roots of German immigration, providing a historical context that enriches the understanding of their impact in Brazil.

Throughout the book, Schappelle demonstrates meticulous research, employing a wide array of primary sources, such as letters, diaries, and personal accounts, to paint a vivid picture of the German presence in Brazil. By emphasizing the importance of language and dialects, the author discusses how German cultural heritage remained preserved within Brazilian communities, even generations after the initial immigration wave.

One of the notable strengths of Schappelle's work is his ability to capture the intricacies of language evolution. He provides a detailed analysis of the formation and development of German dialects in the context of Brazilian society. From Hochdeutsch (High German) to Plattdeutsch (Low German), the author highlights the linguistic diversification and the particularities of each variation. This linguistic exploration adds depth to the understanding of the German influence on Brazilian culture.

Furthermore, Schappelle effectively navigates the political and socio-cultural landscape during the colonial period. He delves into the relationship between German immigrants and other foreign communities, as well as with the Brazilian locals. By examining their interactions, the author reveals the dynamics of assimilation, integration, and cultural exchange between different groups, shedding light on the complex social fabric of the time.

However, one area where the book falls short is its organization. Although each chapter covers valuable historical material and provides insights into various aspects of the German element in Brazil, the lack of a cohesive structure sometimes makes it challenging to follow the overall narrative. A more seamless flow between sections could have enhanced the book's readability and accessibility to a wider audience.

Despite this minor flaw, "The German Element in Brazil Colonies and Dialect" is an invaluable resource for scholars and individuals interested in German-Brazilian history, linguistics, and cultural studies. Schappelle's dedication to comprehensive research, combined with his engaging prose, enables readers to gain a deeper appreciation for the multifaceted German influence in Brazilian colonies. This book successfully contributes to the field, opening avenues for further exploration and understanding of this historical connection.

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THE GERMAN ELEMENT IN BRAZIL

Colonies and Dialect

by

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SCHAPPELLE, Ph.D.

Americana Germanica Number 26 Americana Germanica Press Philadelphia 1917 Copyright[TN1] 1917 by Benjamin Franklin Schappelle.

Americana Germanica Monographs Devoted to the Comparative Study of the Literary, Linguistic and Other Cultural Relations of Germany and America

Editor Marion Dexter Learned University of Pennsylvania

XXVI. THE GERMAN ELEMENT IN BRAZIL COLONIES AND DIALECT

(See List at the End of the Book)

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED TO JOSEPH G. ROSENGARTEN, LL.D.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Lied der Deutschbrasilianer

Preface

CHAPTER I.

THE COLONIES. HISTORY AND LOCATION.

The First Settlers

COLONIZATION IN INDIVIDUAL STATES.

Introductory Remarks Bahia Minas Geraes Espirito Santo Rio de Janeiro São Paulo Paraná Santa Catharina Rio Grande do Sul

The Total Number of Germans in Brazil

CHAPTER II.

THE BRAZILIAN GERMAN DIALECT.

Underlying Basis of the Dialect

Brazilian German Word Forms Surnames Baptismal Names Terms of Family Relationship in Titles

EXAMPLES FROM BRAZILIAN GERMAN DOCUMENTS... Continue reading book >>




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