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Pennsylvania Dutch : the story of an American language / Mark L. Louden.

Pennsylvania Dutch : the story of an American language

Louden, Mark Laurence, author. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 9781421418285 : HRD
  • ISBN: 1421418282 : HRD
  • Physical Description: xxii, 473 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 437-455) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"While most world languages spoken by minority populations are in serious danger of becoming extinct, Pennsylvania Dutch is thriving. In fact, the number of Pennsylvania Dutch speakers is growing exponentially, although it is spoken by less than one-tenthof one percent of the United States population and has remained for the most part an oral vernacular without official recognition or support. A true sociolinguistic wonder, Pennsylvania Dutch has been spoken continuously since the late eighteenth century, even though it has never been "refreshed" by later waves of immigration from abroad.In this probing study, Mark L. Louden, himself a fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch, provides readers with a close look at the place of the language in the life and culture of two major subgroups of speakers: the "Fancy Dutch," whose ancestors were affiliated mainly with Lutheran and German Reformed churches, and conservative Anabaptist sectarians known as the "Plain people"--the Old Order Amish and Mennonites.Drawingon scholarly literature, three decades of fieldwork, and ample historical documents--most of which have never before been made accessible to English-speaking readers--this is the first book to offer a comprehensive look at this unlikely linguistic successstory"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Pennsylvania Dutch > Languages.
Pennsylvania Dutch > History.
Pennsylvania Dutch > Religion.
Pennsylvania Dutch > Social life and customs.
German Americans > Pennsylvania > Language.
Languages in contact > Pennsylvania.
Berks County (Pa.) > Languages.
Berks County (Pa.) > Social life and customs.

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