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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 40 pages of information about The German Element 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.

The Written Language

The Spoken Language

Introduction to Glossary

Glossary

APPENDIX.

The Brazilian German Press
  Almanacs
  Newspapers

Bibliography

LIED DER DEUTSCHBRASILIANER.

      Rein wie hoch am Himmelsbogen
    Unsrer Heimat Sterne stehn. 
    Maechtig, wie die Meereswogen
    Gegen unsre Kueste gehn,
    Soll der Heimat Sang uns dringen
    Aus der treuen Brust hervor,
    Soll Brasiliens Preis erklingen
    Aus dem deutschen Maennerchor.

      Fuelle liegt auf deinen Fluren,
    Gottgesegnet Vaterland;
    Leuchtend zeigst du noch die Spuren
    Von des Schoepfers Meisterhand: 
    In des Mittags blauen Fernen
    Wo die goldne Sonnenpracht,
    Mit des Himmels schoensten Sternen
    Schmuekt sie funkelnd deine Nacht.

      Deine fruchtgetraenkte Erde
    Gibt uns Mut zu frischem Tun,
    Gibt uns Muesse, um am Herde
    Sonder Sorge auszuruhn. 
    Aus des Bodens Scholle ziehen
    Wir des Lebens bestes Mark,
    Aus des Bodens Kraft erbluehen
    Die Geschlechter frei und stark.

      Lasst uns schaffen mit der Staerke
    Dessen, der die Heimat liebt,
    Lasst uns beten, dass zum Werke
    Gott uns das Gedeihen gibt! 
    Ewig heilig, ewig teuer
    Bleibest du dem deutschen Lied,
    Heimatland, in dem das Feuer
    Unsres Herdes gastlich glueht.

O. Meyer in Uhle’s Kalender for 1916.

PREFACE.

The primary purpose of this work is to give an idea of the dialect which has been developed by the German-speaking element in Brazil.

As comparatively little is known by the English-speaking public concerning the history, location and relative importance of the German element in Brazil (judging from extant English publications referring to the subject), the main part of the work has been preceded by a chapter dealing with these particular phases.  This first chapter is also intended to prepare the reader to form a reasonable estimate of the comparative importance and extent of the dialect under discussion in the main part of the work.

In connection with this study the author is particularly indebted to the well-known authority on German American cultural relations and conditions, Professor Marion Dexter Learned, of the University of Pennsylvania.  It was at his suggestion and under his constant help and advice that the plan was carried out.

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