Available Now: "Pennsylvania Dutch. The Story of an American Language" by Mark Louden
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Drawing on scholarly literature, three decades of fieldwork, and ample historical
documents—most of which have never before been made accessible to English-speaking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
The MKI Fall 2015 Newsletter is here!
The latest issue of the Max Kade Institute NEWSLETTER has been mailed to all members of the Friends of the Max Kade Institute! Read about..
-- The German Diaspora in the World War I Era - a report on MKI's October conference
-- Harvey Miller's Pennsylvania Dutch poems written during WWI
-- Book review: "The Temptation of Despair"
-- Book review:"Folksongs of Another America"
-- How German Americans Shaped America's Beer Culture
Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge!
"Quench your Thirst for Knowledge" with German-Style beer, food, and music.
Join the FRIENDS of the Max Kade Institute for an entertaining evening to benefit the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies!
Friday, November 13, 2015
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The University Club
803 State Street, Madison, 53703
Craft beer from Bull Falls Brewery in Wausau, Wisconsin, German-style buffet featuring delicacies from Clasen’s European Bakery in Middleton, Swiss Colony in Monroe, and the University Club Restaurant. Polka Music with Rick March, and fun silent auction baskets.