Publictions & Press

Publications & Press


Publications


Clarín (Argentina)

La asombrosa historia de los gauchos sudafricanos de la Patagonia
(Authors: Ana M. Silva & colleagues)
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Times Higher Education

Women in STEM: how to combine science and humanities research
(Author: Ellie Johandes)
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The Conversation

Language and identity: lessons from a unique Afrikaans community in Patagonia
(Authors: Ryan Szpiech & colleagues)
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Babel

From Africa to Patagonia: Voices of displacement
(Authors: Nicholas Henriksen & colleagues)
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Press


The LINGUIST List (United States)

"Today we share with you the cutting-edge work of Sean Lang. He is a Senior at the University of Michigan where he is a double major in Spanish and Neuroscience. He is currently a member of the University of Michigan Speech Lab..."
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U-M LSA Magazine (United States)

"For over a hundred years, Sarmiento has been home to a number of Afrikaner families whose grandparents and great-grandparents immigrated to Argentina from South Africa after the turn of the century. Sarmiento’s linguistic situation is unique."
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Litnet (South Africa)

"We are mostly intrigued by the fascinating linguistic, cultural and historical situation of the Patagonian Afrikaans community, and how it speaks to the relationship between Europe, Africa and America in ways that have not been well defined in previous research."
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Luxemburger Wort (Luxembourg)

"Ek is 'n Afrikaner!" (I'm an Afrikaner!)
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Neue Bildpost (Germany)

Europäisch? Afrikanisch? Oder Südamerikanisch? (European? Afrikaner? or South American?)
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CAPETALK (South Africa)

Afrikaans in Patagonia, with guest Nicholas Henriksen
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BBC (United Kingdom)

"More than a hundred years on, the language of their more senior members, in their 70s, 80s and 90s, is the subject of a study by linguists from the University of Michigan who say it may be the closest in existence to the original Afrikaans spoken a century ago."
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Michigan Daily (United States)

"We have since made it our goal that a broader public come to view this community as its members do: not as a faded relic of the past, but as a group that continues to thrive in spite of a transformed socio-cultural landscape"
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The Times (United Kingdom)

"For linguists such as Lorenzo García-Amaya and Nicholas Henriksen, the Afrikaans spoken in Patagonia is a “living jewel, frozen in time and a relic of an earlier age” and the opportunity to record it for posterity is fast running out."
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NPR (United States)

"In recent years, the liberal arts have been overshadowed by programs in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields amid the perception that the humanities don’t offer practical, “real life” skills. But one initiative at the University of Michigan called the Michigan Humanities Collaboratory is working to change that."
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Crónica (Argentina)

Linguist Lorenzo García-Amaya was quoted: "We have come to study the situation of bilingualism that exists between Afrikaans and Spanish here in Patagonia, and also to study how Afrikaans has evolved over the past hundred years..."
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El Patagónico (Argentina)

"Visitors are interested in Afrikaans history and language, which is still preserved as the mother tongue among the South African descendants of the city and neighboring towns. These teachers carry out an investigation of this language and the phonetics..."
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Landbou Weekblad (South Africa)

"Only about 40 of the descendants can still talk pretty or a little Afrikaans, but it's as if an invisible band exists at the birthplace of their late parents, and they referred to as 'Africa'..."
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LitNet (South Africa)

"I think the key difference is that Afrikaans in South Africa has been part of a constantly evolving culture over the decades and is integral to a modern, thriving community..."
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The Boers at the End of the World (South Africa)

"In a remote stretch of Patagonia, Argentina, there is a family – the Dickasons – who speak a language from a country 7,000km to the east. They are part of a 114-year-old Afrikaans Boer community..."
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Michigan Daily (United States)

"Overseen by the provost and the Institute for the Humanities, the Michigan Humanities Collaboratory serves as a resource for research in the humanities. It promotes team-based work, as well as communication of research and humanities scholars..."
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