Outside of the “German Belt” states of the Upper Midwest, Texas was the goal of thousands of immigrants from German-speaking Europe over much of the 19th century and into the 20th. Just as in Wisconsin, the German-speaking arrivals to Texas were diverse socially, religiously, and also geographically in terms of their European origins. Unlike Wisconsin, however, where European dialects remained largely intact, in Texas there developed a relatively uniform variety of spoken standard (High) German that has come to be known as Texas German. Today, Texas German is spoken mainly by older residents of rural communities, especially in the Hill Country of Central Texas.
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Last Updated: October 27, 2010