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Pennsylvania Dutch : The Story of an American Language (Hardcover) (Mark L. Louden)

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Drawing on scholarly literature, three decades of fieldwork, and ample historical documents—most of which have never before been made accessible to English-speaking readers—this is the first book to offer a comprehensive look at this unlikely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

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.

Number of Pages: 473
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Language + Art + Disciplines
Sub-Genre: Christianity / Mennonite, Christianity / Amish
Series Title: Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
Author: Mark L. Louden
Language: English
Street Date: January 20, 2016
TCIN: 26395732
UPC: 9781421418285
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-0342
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Could be a great read if you know German or Pennsylvania Dutch...

(would not recommend)
3 out of 5 stars
lam 1 year ago
I didn't want to hit the no way at all would I recommend this book but for me, someone, who doesn't know any German, well, unless you speak Pennsylvania Dutch or German, this book can be very tedious to read. Of course, it has English translations of all the texts in Pennsylvania Dutch and in Germa...see moreof the reviewer's review
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