Language Structure as a Mirror of Social Structure? The Case of the Shwitzer Language of Adams County, IN
Guido Seiler, Professor of Germanic Linguistics, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Pyle Center Auditorium, Pyle Center
The Shwitzer language is spoken by the descendants of 19th-century Anabaptist immigrants from Switzerland. Linguistically, Shwitzer is most closely related to Bernese Swiss German dialects. Shwitzer diverged into two varieties, distinct both structurally and sociolinguistically: Mennonite Shwitzer is linguistically relatively conservative and is a moribund heritage language spoken by just a few elderly speakers. Read more at link provided.