German as a Heritage Language in the United States

Authored by: Renate Ludanyi

Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States

Print publication date:  January  2014
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415520669
eBook ISBN: 9780203122419
Adobe ISBN: 9781136332494

10.4324/9780203122419.ch11

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Abstract

Much had already been published about German immigrants to the United States and their history and language by 1983, the tercentennial commemoration of the founding of Germantown in Pennsylvania, and this occasion stimulated further scholarship (see, e.g., the bibliography by Tolzmann, 2007, and publications by the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, http://mki.wisc.edu). Since then, however, little has been written about more recent German immigration and even less about the desire of Germans to maintain their native and heritage language and culture in the United States. German language preservation is presently not perceived as vital by German scholars and researchers in the United States or by government officials here or in Germany.

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