Mark Louden (University of Wisconsin) to speak on "Pennsylvania Dutch in the 21st Century"
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 3:30am to 4:30am
University Park, PA, Foster Auditorium Paterno Library
The story of the American language known as Pennsylvania Dutch is a remarkable one. Its history is as old as that of the United States, and although it has never enjoyed much official recognition or institutional support, it is thriving today as the vital in-group language of Amish and Old Order Mennonite groups spread out over thirty-one US states and three Canadian provinces. In this presentation Mark Louden, Professor of German at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, will examine the present situation of Pennsylvania Dutch and its speakers against a historical backdrop, paying special attention to the relationship of the language to English and German.
This event is free and open to the public.
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