Pennsylvania Dutch Hardback

The Story of an American Language

by Mark L. Louden;

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Pennsylvania Dutch

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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-tenth of 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.
Drawing on scholarly literature, three decades of fieldwork, and ample historical documents - most of which have never before been made accessible to English-speaking readers - this is the first book to offer a comprehensive look at this unlikely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 success story.

Pennsylvania Dutch by Mark L. Louden was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in January 2016. The ISBN for Pennsylvania Dutch is 9781421418285.

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Details for Pennsylvania Dutch

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press (January 2016)
Number of Pages416
Thickness31 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4335397
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