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Author Louden, Mark Laurence, author
Title Pennsylvania Dutch : the story of an American language / Mark L. Louden
Imprint Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  PE3102.P45 L68 2016    AVAILABLE    30610020507414
Descript xxii, 473 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Series Young center books in Anabaptist and Pietist studies
Note "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people"--the Old Order Amish and Mennonites.Drawing on scholarly literature, three decades of fieldwork, and ample historical documents--most of which have never before been made accessible to English-speaking readers--this is the first book to offer a comprehensive look at this unlikely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"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 437-455) and index
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
RELIGION / General. bisacsh
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General. bisacsh
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