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Pennsylvania Dutch.

an inaccurate term for the German American people of eastern Pennsylvania and for their dialect, derived from German idiom. The region was settled by German immigration beginning in 1683 and continuing through the 18th and 19th centuries. Many of the people were members of religious sects that advocated separation from the general population, so their language and customs have persisted until recent times. The dialect is used in humorous writings such as the poetry of <IR> CHARLES FOLLEN ADAMS </IR> and <IR> CHARLES GODFREY LELAND </IR> . <IR> ELSIE SINGMASTER </IR> and <IR> THAMES WILLIAMSON </IR> both wrote novels set in the region.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
Article Type:Reference Source
Date:Jan 1, 1991
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