Michigan German in Frankenmuth

Michigan German in Frankenmuth

Variation and Change in an East Franconian Dialect

Renate Born


Camden House



A phonological, grammatical, and lexical description of a German-American dialect, Michigan Frankenmuth.
Professor Born's book provides a phonological, grammatical, and lexical description of a German-American dialect that has never before been studied. It compares the Michigan Frankenmuth dialect with its parent dialect in central Franconia.
The town of Frankenmuth was established in 1845 by an unusually homogeneous group of orthodox Lutherans bent on remaining separate from the American mainstream. The settlement history was therefore a significant factor in postponing the shift to American English in Frankenmuth until the middle of this century.
This study will be of interest to scholars and students of dialectology, contrastive dialectology, and sociolinguistics.


July 1994
216 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781879751590
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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"Born's study of the East Franconian dialect spoken in Frankenmuth, Michigan, is a welcome addition to the growing number of analyses of Restsprachinseln in North America." YEARBOOK OF GERMAN-AMERICAN STUDIES

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