Max Kade Institute

for German-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

German Dialects in North America

Allen Spiker German Russian Dialect Tapes
Allen Spiker, himself a descendant of German Russian immigrants, undertook in the 1970s to document the rapidly disappearing language of German Russians in North Dakota. Mr. Spiker’s research examines how the language developed, its Russian and English influences, and which German dialects still exist in the German Russian communities of North Dakota.

German-American and American English Dialects
Features a number of short essays on various aspects of German-American linguistics, as well as sound clips from the following categories: Wisconsin German Dialects, Pennsylvania Dutch, and Texas German.

Linguistic Atlas of Kansas German Dialects
Seeks to collect, preserve and analyze German-American dialects spoken in the state of Kansas and the Midwestern United States. The project makes recordings of these dialects available via the World Wide Web and continues to acquire new dialect samples.

Texas German Dialect Project
Seeks to preserve a unique German dialect that has been spoken across central Texas for more than 150 years. Dialect database allows users to listen to portions of digitized audio interviews. Includes transcripts and translations.

U.S. Census Language Mapper Tool
Data on speakers of languages other than English and on their English-speaking abilities, based on 2011 census information. See also Tables showing Language Spoken at Home by Ability to Speak English for the Population 5 Years and Over.

Wisconsin German Community
A Facebook community page dedicated to the collection and preservation of both the histories and the languages of Wisconsin German speakers.