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Pennsylvania German Language Heritage
Presented by the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
Pennsylvania German Language Heritage presented by Charles “Chip” Kauffman
For over three hundred years, Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch (Pennsylvania German) contributed to the unique blend of idiom in Pennsylvania and other regions of North America after seeds were planted by German immigrants in the late 17th century. Various dialects of German were brought to Pennsylvania from the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, from parts of Switzerland, and from the Alsace region of eastern France. Drawing upon the historical and religious origins of the various forms of German brought to the New World, this presentation will focus on the speakers – past and present – of the colorful mix of language popularly called ‘Pennsylvania Dutch.’ Examples will illustrate the differences between standard German and the varieties of Pennsylvania German still spoken today.
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