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Last Stages of Language Shift: Pennsylvania Dutch as a Heritage Language

Associate Professor of Germanic Studies & Linguistics, Graduate Coordinator, 2016-2018 Lilly Teaching Fellow
bousquet@uga.edu
Josh Brown, associate professor of German & Linguistics at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will give a virtual lecture entitled  "Last Stages of Language Shift: Pennsylvania Dutch as a Heritage Language". The event is via Zoom webinar on Oct. 27, 2020 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Josh Brown
Germanic Studies and Linguistics
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
zoom.us/j/97145515051
Lecture

As language shift progresses, a heritage language can change its orientation from communicative to symbolic for the heritage language community. The change toward a broadening of the symbolic uses of the language is a hallmark of the post-vernacular stage of language shift. This presentation explores how Pennsylvania Dutch is used among non-sectarians (non-Amish / Mennonites) in southeastern Pennsylvania today. Dr. Brown will share in a virtual lecture how the heritage language is invoked in spoken, discursive, visual, and performative venues and how the heritage language remains an important part of the community’s identity, although it has lost its use as an everyday language of communication for the community.

 

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