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Linguistics Fridays: Brown – Pennsylvania Dutch

October 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Josh Brown

UW-Eau Claire

Postvernacular Pennsylvania Dutch 


As language shift progresses, a heritage language can change its functional orientation from communicative to symbolic. This stage in the life of a language is termed the postvernacular. This presentation explores how Pennsylvania Dutch is used among non-sectarians in the last decades of the twentieth century and first decades of the twenty-first century in southeastern Pennsylvania. I will share how the heritage language is used in spoken, discursive, visual, and performative venues. The data show how the heritage language remains an important part of the community’s identity, although it has lost most of its communicative functions.

A link to join the meeting will be sent to all Linguistics students and LangSci faculty via our email list. Contact Becky Shields if you would like to be added to the Language Sciences event guest mailing list.


October 16, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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