Alfred L. Shoemaker, J. William Frey, and Don Yoder Professor of Germanic Linguistics
College of Letters & Science l Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic
Hometown: Areas of WI with Amish/Mennonite/German Presence
Mark Louden is a linguist who received his training in Germanic linguistics at Cornell University. A fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch, he has published extensively on this language and other German-American varieties, as well as Yiddish. In addition to his position as the Alfred L. Shoemaker, J. William Frey, and Don Yoder Professor of Germanic Linguistics, he directs the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies and is affiliated with the Religious Studies Program, the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of Linguistics. He serves as an interpreter and cultural mediator for Amish in multiple settings.
In this talk Professor Louden will provide an overview of the impact that German-speaking immigrants and their descendants have had in shaping the life and culture of Wisconsin, from the nineteenth century to the present.
Approximate Length of Talk: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Professor Louden begins by presenting an overview contrasting widely-held myths with facts about the Amish and closely related religious groups such as the Mennonites, of which he is a practicing member. He will cover history, tenets of faith of the various branches, life style customs, and much more. After the presentation, Dr. Louden welcomes the chance to talk with you and answer your questions.
Approximate Length of Talk: Variable and flexible
In this talk Professor Louden will discuss the diverse ways that varieties of the German language have been used in the US, from the colonial era to the present. We will see how language has been an important part of German-American culture.
This talk will give an overview of the history of the Yiddish language, with an emphasis on how it has been used in America, including how it has influenced American English.