Bidialectalism : An Unexpected Development in the Obsolescence of Pennsylvania Dutchified English

Bidialectalism : An Unexpected Development in the Obsolescence of Pennsylvania Dutchified English

by Vicki Michael Anderson

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Bidialectalism : An Unexpected Development in the Obsolescence of Pennsylvania Dutchified English by Vicki Michael Anderson

Pennsylvania Dutchified English, a little-studied German-influenced language variety spoken in south central Pennsylvania, is rapidly approaching extinction as speakers shift to the more standard regional variety of English. Not only are speakers using dialectal features less frequently, but the ways in which they use those features is also changing, thus altering what it means to "speak the dialect" and rendering the next generation of speakers incapable of acquiring it. In this context of inconsistency, a group of bidialectals have unexpectedly developed who are proficient in both Pennsylvania Dutchified English and the regional standard. Bidialectalism: An Unexpected Development in the Obsolescence of Pennsylvania Dutchified English investigates the shifts m use of various features by this dialect's last generation of speakers and documents the use of those features in an ethnographic and statistical case study of a bidialectal individual. In this way, the volume thus contributes to the study of outcomes of dialect contact, language variety decline and death, and bidialectalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822367963
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Product dimensions: 6.84(w) x 9.78(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Outcomes of Dialect Contact and the Case of Pennsylvania Dutchified English 7

3 A Working Description of Pennsylvania Dutchified English and South Central Pennsylvania English 19

4 PDE Phonological Features and Their Use: Unraveling in Action for PDE Obstruent Devoicing 43

5 Other PDE Phonological Features and Their Use: Further Evidence for the Unraveling of PDE 73

6 On the Trail of the Bidialectal 113

7 The Emergence of Bidialectalism at the End of the Life Cycle of PDE: A Case Study 129

8 Conclusion 175

Appendix 1 Sample Tokens from Youngest Monodialectal PDE Speakers 179

Appendix 2 Excerpts from Rachel's Conversations 180

Notes 185

References 191

Index 199

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