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"Mark L. Louden is the foremost scholar of Pennsylvania Dutch. A significant contribution to linguistic, sociolinguistic, historical, and anthropological scholarship, his book is extensively researched, accessible, and filled with a wealth of language examples that will appeal to a wide audience."

"[Pennsylvania Dutch] is written in a very accessible style and provides good information about the Pennsylvania Dutch language."

"Louden captures the spirit of the folk-cultural narrative and remains engaging, accessible, and entertaining to a wide range of audiences."

"The definitive guide to the subject."

"Indeed, this is a one-of-a-kind, exceptionally valuable book... So, scrape your pennies together, and go buy this book—before it's sold out!"

"Louden’s interdisciplinary work, sweeping as it does through centuries of history and across a vast continent, draws on three decades of study into the language’s evolution and social history."

"Louden successfully weaves a complex tapestry that provides an exhaustive historical account of this language and its speakers and is easily accessible to multiple audiences. Upon finishing this work the scholar is left curious as to what the future holds for Pennsylvania Dutch and its legacy."

"This book is the first attempt at researching and synthesizing the historical, cultural, and linguistic development of Pennsylvania Dutch across all the communities that speak it. It is a bold and broad goal. I'm happy to say that Louden has set the highest standard for any subsequent attempts... It is a wonderful story to follow from 1683 to the present."

"A splendid addition to the discipline of linguistics and, more specifically, to the field of Pennsylvania Dutch language and culture. A language this remarkable—thanks to its Old Order speakers, it is one of only a few heritage languages in America that is not endangered—deserves a firstrate book, and this is it. It will likely be unsurpassed for years to come."

"Compiling the most in-depth treatment of Pennsylvania Dutch is no small task, yet Louden achieves this feat. The book is accessible to academics within and outside of Pennsylvania Dutch studies, as well as to speakers of the language who want to know more about it."

"Uses a wealth of sources, pamphlets, letters, poems, and newspaper articles... a great resource."

"This book abounds in marvelous historical and cultural details, together with language examples and linguistic curiosities that are sure to delight."

"Pennsylvania Dutch is an enlightening, educational and enjoyable read, mostly due to the skill of the author."

"A wash of fresh knowledge through an implicit fusing of linguistics and sociology... Its attention to details in linguistic data and linguistic history coupled with the undertones of a comparative analysis of one assimilation variable—minority language—makes it a compelling study... The book itself is a product of the same dynamic fusion of interdisciplinary influences that symbolizes the dynamic evolution of Pennsylvania Dutch and the languages of others coming to America."

"The comprehensive handbook for which many scholars in this area have been waiting for decades... It is likely to be the standard work on Pennsylvania German for some time to come."

"Mark L. Louden's landmark new book, Pennsylvania Dutch: The Story of an American Language... represents a major achievement of linguistic, historical, and anthropological scholarship, and it will be of great use to scholars from across the disciplines who share interests in the United States's diverse linguistic and cultural heritage... The success of Pennsylvania Dutch rests in its author's ability to present detail-oriented, specialist knowledge of linguistic patterns in German and Pennsylvania Dutch in accessible and meaningful ways to scholars from across the disciplines—as well as members of the public, for whom this book offers a scholarly yet approachable introduction to the topic... Pennsylvania Dutch is both a fitting testament to the analytical power of interdisciplinary folklife studies and also a major step forward for several interrelated fields of scholarship."

Pennsylvania Dutch
The Story of an American Language
Publication Date: 26 Mar 2019
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 504 pages
Illustrations: 13 halftones, 17 line drawings, 2 maps
ISBN: 9781421428970