Mark L. Louden
German, Professor

Languages: German (including regional dialects and extraterritorial varieties, especially in North America), Pennsylvania Dutch, Yiddish

Research/Language Interests: Germanic and general linguistics, Amish/Mennonite/Anabaptist studies, German-American studies

Education: A.B. with Distinction in all Subjects (1984), M.A. (1987), Ph.D. (1988), Cornell University

Affiliated Departments: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, Religious Studies Program, Mosse-Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies

Undergraduate Courses: German 351 Introduction to German Linguistics German 352 Topics in German Linguistics Religious Studies 400 The Amish

Graduate Courses: German 758 Topics in Contemporary German German 960 Seminar in German Linguistics


About Me: I received my undergraduate and graduate training in Germanic linguistics at Cornell University. Much of my professional work is centered on the history and contemporary situation of Pennsylvania Dutch and its speakers. My book, Pennsylvania Dutch: The Story of an American Language, appeared in January 2016 with the Johns Hopkins University Press. In addition to my research on Pennsylvania Dutch, in conjunction with my affiliation with the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, I am involved in a number of public outreach activities related to the language, faith, and culture of the main speakers of Pennsylvania Dutch today, the Amish and Old Order Mennonites. I also serve as an interpreter and cultural mediator for Pennsylvania Dutch speakers in the legal and health care systems. In 2016 I was honored to receive the Jacob and Wilhelm Prize from the German Academic Exchange Service

Selected Publications

2016 Pennsylvania Dutch: The Story of an American Language.  Johns Hopkins University Press. Pp xxii, 473.

2012  “Pennsylvaniadeutsch in Geschichte und Gegenwart.” In: Pfälzisch in aller Welt, ed. by Jörg Meier and Albrecht Greule, pp. 59–76. Weidler Verlag.

2011  “Amerikanisches Missingsch: Syntaktische Folgen des Kontakts zwischen Niederdeutsch und Hochdeutsch in Wisconsin.” In: Dynamik des Dialekts – Akten des 3. Kongresses der Internationalen Gesellschaft für Dialektologie des Deutschen (IGDD), ed. by Elvira Glaser, Jürgen Erich Schmidt, and Natascha Frey, pp. 207–220. Franz Steiner.

2011  “Synchrony and Diachrony of Verb Clusters in Pennsylvania Dutch.” In: Studies on German-Language Islands, ed. by Michael T. Putnam, pp. 165–185. John Benjamins.

2011  (with lead author Jürg Fleischer) “Das Amish Swiss German im nordöstlichen Indiana: eine alemannisch-pfälzische Mischmundart?” In: Alemannische Dialektologie – Wege in die Zukunft, ed. by H. Christen, S. Germann, W. Haas, N. Montefiori, and H. Ruef, pp. 231–244. Franz Steiner.

2009  “Das Wisconsin-Pommersche im Spiegel deutsch-amerikanischer Sprachvarietäten.” In: Niederdeutsches Jahrbuch 132: 165–176.

2008  “Die Alde un Neie Zeide: Old and New Times for the Pennsylvania Dutch Language.” In: Der Reggeboge: Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society 42.2.3–18.

2008  “Synthesis in Pennsylvania German Language and Culture.” In: Die deutsche Präsenz in den USA / The German Presence in the U.S.A., ed. by Josef Raab and Jan Wirrer, pp. 671–699. Lit Verlag.


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