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Author Louden, Mark Laurence.
Title Pennsylvania Dutch : the story of an American language / Mark L. Louden.
Imprint Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.

Author Louden, Mark Laurence.
Series Young Center books in Anabaptist & Pietist studies
Young Center books in Anabaptist & Pietist studies.
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.
Description 1 online resource.
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Summary "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 Drawing on scholarly literature, three decades of fieldwork, and ample historical documents--most of which have never before been made accessible to English-speaking readers--this is the first book to offer a comprehensive look at this unlikely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.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents What Is Pennsylvania Dutch? -- Early History of Pennsylvania Dutch -- Pennsylvania Dutch, 1800-1860 -- Profiles in Pennsylvania Dutch Literature -- Pennsylvania Dutch in the Public Eye -- Pennsylvania Dutch and the Amish and Mennonites -- An American Story.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781421418292 (electronic bk.)
1421418290 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 935326850
Additional Format Print version: Louden, Mark Laurence. Pennsylvania Dutch 9781421418285 (DLC) 2015006256 (OCoLC)907657512

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