Prof. Dr. Maitz, Péter

Unserdeutsch (Rabaul Creole German)

Audio files



Prof Péter Maitz during an interview with Unserdeutsch-speaker Yvonne Lündin in Brisbane 2016


These recordings were made in Papua New Guinea and Australia at two different times, 1979–1980 and 2014+. The older recordings were retrieved from copies of somewhat damaged tapes and are therefore sometimes technically poor.

The language variety spoken by individual speakers varies highly between spoken Standard German and Unserdeutsch depending on the speakers' linguistic biography, individual linguistic repertoire, and the social context of the interview.

Generally, it should be noted that the speakers recorded in 1979-1980 represent the last generation of Unserdeutsch-speakers who still had a good command of both spoken and written Standard German. In contrast, the subsequent generation, which was interviewed as from 2014, generally has at best a very limited passive knowledge of German.

The following samples from the Unserdeutsch Language Corpus are presented primarily with the Vunapope mixed-race community and the interested public in mind. The recordings are therefore not accompanied by transcripts, linguistic metadata, analyses, or any professional linguistic commentary.

The complete corpus is currently being transcribed, annotated, and analyzed and will eventually be made available for scientific and educational purposes as part of the Database of Spoken German at the Leibniz Institute for German Language in Mannheim, Germany.

 

 

Benson, Sandra (née Reinhardt)

Year of birth: 1957
Place of birth: Rabaul (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Ipswich (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: German at home and at the mission

Recorded 06.03.2015 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Bond, Joseph Cecil
(1930-2016)

Year of birth: 1930
Place of birth: Pililo (West New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Brisbane (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: German beer at Rakanda Plantation

Recorded 25.01.2016 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Carswell, Agnes Mary (née Gangloff)
(1937-2020)

Year of birth: 1937
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Cairns (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English,Kuanua, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: About her parents

Recorded 12.02.2016 in Cairns with Péter Maitz.

Chan, Maria (née Hoerler)

Year of birth: 1947
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Brisbane (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Pilgrimage to father's grave

Recorded 17.10.2015 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Chin, Bernadette (née Chee)

Year of birth: 1948
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Wynnum (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: About her children and Australia

Recorded 22.01.2016 in Runcorn with Péter Maitz.

Coxon, Jacinta A. (née Gangloff)

Year of birth: 1950
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Goodwood Islands (New South Wales, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Playing outside as a child

Recorded 18.02.2017 in Victoria Point with Péter Maitz.

Eliou, Johanna (née Griffith)

Year of birth: 1933
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Caboolture (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Christmas eve at the mission

Recorded 09.03.2015 in Caboolture with Péter Maitz.

Enkera, Leonard

Year of birth: 1934
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Brisbane (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: From New Ireland to the mission

Recorded 19.09.2017 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Enkera, Winifred (née Laurie)
(1932-2018)

Year of birth: 1932
Place of birth: New Ireland (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Brisbane (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Christmas presents in Vunapope

Recorded 19.09.2017 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Foo, Evelyn (née Lücker)

Year of birth: 1954
Place of birth: Rabaul (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Kokopo (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: German language in the childhood

Recorded 13.02.2016 in Cairns with Péter Maitz.

Gangloff, Ernestine

Year of birth: 1955
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Brisbane (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Leaving Rabaul after World War II

Recorded 01.02.2016 in Gold Coast with Craig Volker.

Gangloff, Eugene

Year of birth: 1953
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Victoria Point (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Easter at the mission

Recorded 18.02.2017 in Victoria Point with Péter Maitz.

Gangloff-Spaine, Brenda

Year of birth: 1961
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Sydney (New South Wales, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: About her grandpa

Recorded 09.02.2016 in Sydney with Péter Maitz.

Green, Martha Barbara (née Enquera)

Year of birth: 1937
Place of birth: Kavieng (New Ireland, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Chuwar (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: About her parents and grandparents

Recorded 19.01.2016 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Hartig, David

Year of birth: 1961
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Toowoomba (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Leisure activities after school

Recorded 25.06. 2019 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Hartig, Eric

Year of birth: 1956
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Brisbane (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Daily routine at the mission as a child

Recorded 05.03.2015 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Hassett, Alice (née Enquera)

Year of birth: 1945
Place of birth: Kavieng (New Ireland, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Gordon Park (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Bathing in Vunapope

Recorded 20.01.2016 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Hitipeuw, Elisabeth

Year of birth: 1941
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Runcorn (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Returning to Rabaul and Kokopo

Recorded 01.02.2016 in Gold Coast with Craig Volker.

Hitipeuw, Herman

Year of birth: 1943
Place of birth: Ramale (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Bankstown (New South Wales, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Awaiting Knecht Ruprecht

Recorded 06.02.2016 in Sydney with Péter Maitz und Craig Volker.

Hitipeuw, John

Year of birth: 1945
Place of birth: Ramale (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Sydney (New South Wales, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: About his spontaneous way of life

Recorded 06.02.2016 in Sydney with Péter Maitz und Craig Volker.

Hoerler, Emil Joseph

Year of birth: 1949
Place of birth: Rabaul (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Holiday on the plantation

Recorded 25.09.2017 in Kokopo with Péter Maitz.

Hoerler, Ernest
(1941-2020)

Year of birth: 1941
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Sydney (New South Wales, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: German celebrations and food in his childhood

Recorded 08.02.2016 in Sydney with Péter Maitz.

Käse, Veronica (née Laimena)

Year of birth: 1943
Place of birth: Namatanai (New Ireland, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Runcorn (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Death of her mother in early childhood

Recorded 02.10.2017 in Runcorn with Péter Maitz.

Kearney, Dianna (née Kraus)

Year of birth: 1944
Place of birth: Kerawat (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Runcorn (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: About the family

Recorded 22.10.2015 in Runcorn with Péter Maitz.

Kikuchi, Anne (née Schneider)
(1948-2019)

Year of birth: 1948
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Logan City (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Speaking Unserdeutsch in Vunapope and Australia

Recorded 19.01. 2016 in Redland City with Péter Maitz.

Kikuchi, Olga Anna (née Schmidt)

Year of birth: 1935
Place of birth: Gil-Gil (New Ireland, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Woodridge (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Daily routine at home

Recorded 19.01.2016 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Kikuchi, Pius

Year of birth: 1933
Place of birth: Rabaul (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Woodridge (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Japanese, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Appointment to manager of the Gilgil-Plantation

Recorded 02.02.2016 in Loganholme with Péter Maitz.

Kong, Mary Catherine (née Wickham)

Year of birth: 1956
Place of birth: Rabaul (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Brisbane (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: Chinese, English, Roviana (Solomon Islands), Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Of her childhood at the mission

Recorded 01.02.2016 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Kramer, Karl

Year of birth: 1933
Place of birth: Rabaul (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Kewarra Beach (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: About the languages of his childhood, his father and grandpa

Recorded 13.02.2016 in Cairns with Craig Volker.

Layt, Judith (née Reinhardt)

Year of birth: 1952
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Rothwell (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: In a swimming bath for white people

Recorded 25.01.2016 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz und Craig Volker.

Lundin, Yvonne

Year of birth: 1962
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Brisbane (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: About her parents

Recorded 29.01.2016 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Morris, Roseleen Carolyn

Year of birth: 1949
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Toowoomba (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Detonation of blind shell a after World War II

Recorded 01.03.2018 in Cairns with Péter Maitz.

Murphy, Esther (née Hoerler)

Year of birth: 1955
Place of birth: Rabaul (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Sydney (New South Wales, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Kantonese, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Speaking German and Unserdeutsch at home

Recorded 09.02.2017 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Parsons, Ella (née Hoerler)

Year of birth: 1949
Place of birth: Rakanda (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Redcliffe (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Daily routine in her youth

Recorded 28.01.2016 in Radcliffe with Péter Maitz und Craig Volker.

Ralfe, Veronika (née Zander)

Year of birth: 1945
Place of birth: Kokopo (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Kewarra Beach (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch, Spanisch

Audio sample: German goods in the mission shop

Recorded 12.02.2016 in Cairns with Péter Maitz.

Reinhardt, William Karl 
(1946-2016)

Year of birth: 1946
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Bracken Ridge (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Relations with the mission

Recorded 14.09.2014 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Schulz, Margaret Anna

Year of birth: 1941
Place of birth: Vunapope (New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Brisbane (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Dishes at home in Vunapope

Recorded 23.01.2016 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Schulze-Hermann, Joseph
(1945-2020)

Year of birth: 1945
Place of birth: Gazelle Peninsula (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Kavieng (New Ireland, Papua New Guinea)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: German food in his childhood

Recorded 24.09.2014 in Kavieng with Péter Maitz.

Seeto, Elisabeth Lucy (née Jacobs)

Year of birth: 1938
Place of birth: Kavieng (New Ireland, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Brisbane (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: The German and American nuns at the mission

Recorded 22.02.2017 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

 

Spanner, Edward Bernhard

Year of birth: 1947
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Cairns (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Evening routine of the children at home

Recorded 09.02.2017 in Brisbane with Péter Maitz.

Taplin, Henrica (née Lücker)

Year of birth: 1942
Place of birth: Kerawat (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Canungra (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: About the life of her parents at the mission

Recorded 27.01.2016 in Nerang with Péter Maitz und Craig Volker.

Thurston, Marushka (née Hoerler)
(1943-2019)

Year of birth: 1943
Place of birth: St. Paul (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: About her parents and her childhood

Recorded 27.01.2016 in Nerang with Péter Maitz.

Whitehead, Emilia (née Ah Ming)

Year of birth: 1940
Place of birth: Vunapope (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Cleveland (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: Anecdotes from the time after the war

Recorded 29.01.2016 in Cleveland with Péter Maitz.

Wong, Celine Maria

Year of birth: 1928
Place of birth: Rabaul (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Bentley Park (Queensland, Australia)
Spoken languages: English,Kuanua, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: German doctors at the hospital of the mission

Recorded 15.02.2016 in Cairns with Péter Maitz und Craig Volker.

Wong, Emeline (née Kikuchi)

Year of birth: 1958
Place of birth: Buka (Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea)
Residence when recorded: Vunamami (East New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Spoken languages: English, Tok Pisin, Unserdeutsch

Audio sample: The 1994 volcanic eruption of Rabaul

Recorded 26.09.2017 in Kokopo with Péter Maitz.

Rumpelstiltskin

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Chinese roots

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Hol den Eimer!

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Languages at school

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Multilingualism

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Unserdeutsch and standard German

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Unserdeutsch pronouns

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Lexical influence

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Translation 1

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Translation 2
Translation 3

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Translation 4

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