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- DescriptionThis is the most extensive reference work documenting linguistic variations in Pennsylvania German (also kwn as Pennsylvania Dutch), the dialect w spoken primarily by Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennite communities in the United States. This Word Atlas displays more than 170 maps showing regional variants for a word or grammatical form throughout the former German-speaking regions of southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as helpful maps of Pennsylvanian geographical features and political boundaries. One of the pioneers in linguistic research on this dialect, Lester W. J. Seifert of the University of Wisconsin Madison and his colleague Carroll Reed of the University of Washington interviewed almost 100 speakers in these regions during the 1940s, using an extensive questionnaire. This research, graphically represented in the Word Atlas, is an invaluable record of a historically and culturally important language that is rapidly dying out. The volume also reprints four of Seifert s classic essays on the dialect geography of Pennsylvania German, as well as biographies of the linguistic consultants, an original essay on the development of Pennsylvania German dialectology and linguistics by Mark Louden, and a new biography of Seifert by Howard Martin and Suzanne Treichel.
- Author BiographyLester W. J. Seifert was professor of German at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
- Author(s)Lester W.J. Seifert
- PublisherUniversity of Wisconsin Press
- Date of Publication31/03/1999
- SubjectEncyclopedias & General Reference
- Place of PublicationWisconsin
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Wisconsin Press
- Content Note160 maps
- Weight1356 g
- Width216 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Introduction byMark L. Louden
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