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dc.contributor.advisorKeel, William D.
dc.contributor.authorDippold, Doris
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Kansas, Germanic Languages and Literatures 2002
dc.description.abstractA major focus of current sociolinguistic research is the issue of minority language maintenance and language shift. German-American speech islands, existing well into the twentieth century, are providing a valuable basis for such research.

This thesis presents the results of research involving twenty-one church congregations in Cole County, Missouri, with a German heritage and representing five different denominations: Roman-Catholic, German-Methodist, Evangelical-Lutheran (Iowa Synod, Missouri Synod} and German-Evangelical. Its goal is to comprehend the process of language shift in these congregations and bring out its dominant influential factors. To achieve that goal, publications and records of the congregations were analyzed in the following four categories: church services, parochial and Sunday schools, church clubs, official records and public relations. Combined with some information gained through interviews with and questionnaires from older church members, those written sources provided data on the general timeline and the factors influencing language shift, and finally, the way the congregations with their members saw and see themselves: as Germans, German-Americans or Americans. These data were compared to the statistics of the denominations and previous research.

The results show clearly that the First World War is just one of many factors,·but not the·major reason of language shift in those German-American congregations. Though it may have initiated the change in some cases or was even being "used" as such an initiator, I am suggesting that shift in language use and cultural perception cannot happen without changes in the social and demographic structure of the immigrant communities. Apart form that, diminishing institutional support leads to language loss as well as loss of cultural awareness.

Those results being extracted, the research also offers valuable insight into questions of ethnicity and identity and is a basis for future work in these areas.
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansasen_US
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dc.title"It just doesn't sound right": Spracherhalt und Sprachwechsel bei deutschen Kirchengemeinden in Cole County, Missouri : Resultate einer Spurensucheen_US
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineGermanic Languages and Literatures
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From: Doris Dippold <> Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 3:15 PM To: Reed, Marianne A. <> Cc: Keel, William D. <>; Johnson, Chris <> Subject: Re: Your thesis

Dear Marianne

Many thanks for your e-mail. That's no problem at all - it's great to hear from KU after such along time! Greetings to Lawrence!

All the best


________________________________________ From: Reed, Marianne A. <> Sent: 28 January 2020 21:10 To: Dippold, Doris Dr (Literature & Langs) <> Cc: Keel, William D. <>; Johnson, Chris <> Subject: Your thesis Dear Dr. Dippold: My name is Marianne Reed and I am manage the user side of KU ScholarWorks, KU’s institutional repository of work by faculty, staff, and students at KU. The Dissertations and Theses community in ScholarWorks contains theses and dissertations produced at KU before 1923 and after 2008, as well as those from other years which have been made publicly available with the permission of the author. A patron has asked to borrow a copy of your thesis, It just doesn't sound right : Spracherhalt und Sprachwechsel bei deutschen Kirchengemeinden in Cole County, Missouri : Resultate einer Spurensuche. When we receive requests like this, we prefer to do a high-quality scan of the thesis or dissertation and make it publicly available in KU ScholarWorks. Since your thesis is still covered by copyright, we need your permission to do this. May we have your permission to digitize your thesis and make it publicly available in KU ScholarWorks? Once I receive your reply, I’ll request the volume from our collections and send it to our Imaging Lab for digitization. I’ll send you a link to the thesis once it’s been added to ScholarWorks. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you! Best wishes, Marianne Marianne Reed (she/her/hers) Digital Initiatives Manager 450 Watson Library University of Kansas Libraries 785-864-8913

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