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APASA Cafe: "Pennsylvania Dutch: A Living Language"


Topic: "Pennsylvania Dutch: A Living Language"

Speaker: Rose Fisher

When: Friday, May 5, 2023, 12 to 1 PM Eastern Time

Where: Via Zoom or teleconference

Description: Pennsylvania Dutch is an umbrella term for the Germanic language spoken across North America by multiple groups. In this presentation, I will introduce this language's roots and historical developments illustrating its most important dialect divides and demonstrating a few of the features and processes that make it a uniquely American phenomenon. Given the high birth and retention rates of the separatist Anabaptist groups that still speak Pennsylvania Dutch and pass it on to their children, I show how this resilient language continues to evolve and thrive under intense contact with the majority language, English.

Register: Registration is required to attend; click here to register. You will receive an email with options to call in via telephone or use the web. If you do not have web access to register, contact Andrea Waksmunski ( for a call-in number.


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