Douglas Madenford (Independent)
Pennsylvania Dutch, a 300+ year-old language, is currently experiencing a rebirth. For the last 50 years, the number of speakers outside of the plain communities has been decreasing rapidly and interest in the language seemed to be almost non-existent. With the advent of the Internet and the development of various social media platforms, these trends are reversing. Speakers and learners of the language now have multiple platforms to communicate, learn, and share. Because of these opportunities, the number of participants and users stretch across throughout the United States and across the world. Particular attention will be paid to PD groups on Facebook and the video platform YouTube.
Part of 43-01 Pennsylvania Dutch Linguistic, Ritual, and Political Environments, Thursday, October 21, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm