Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Interracial Interaction in Intercourse, PA?

From The (Hanover, Pa.) Evening Sun of Aug. 29, 2005:

Volunteers sought for study on Pennsylvania Dutch dialect

For The Evening Sun

Speech is telling, and Jennifer Bloomquist can tell if people are from southcentral Pennsylvania by the words, phrases and idioms they use.

She is collecting this linguistic harvest from the area under the auspices of the National Science Foundation.

Bloomquist, an assistant professor of linguistics and African-American studies, and her student assistants at Gettysburg College are beginning their final year of the two-year, $40,000 grant.

They're investigating if the language of rural and urban blacks in Adams, York, Lancaster and Dauphin counties has been added to or influenced by the dialect peculiar to this area, she said. That includes Pennsylvania Dutch's influence on black Americans and vice versa.


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