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From 1979 to 2020, Professor William D. Keel and his graduate students at the University of Kansas recorded speakers of German dialects in Kansas and Missouri. This collection contains MP3 excerpts from the recorded interviews, edited to preserve the privacy of participants. The recordings contain data collected from dialect questionnaires developed in Germany and the USA, along with free speech conversation, anecdotes, jokes, songs and recipes.
With just a few exceptions, speakers are identified by a code that begins with KS or MO, depending on the state the speaker represents, Kansas or Missouri.
Questionnaire sets are found in compressed zip file format for easy download of multiple soundfiles.
Refer to the User Guide for more information.
For an introduction to the German dialects in Kansas, read Deitsch, Däätsch, Düütsch and Dietsch: The Varieties of Kansas German Dialects after 150 Years of German Group Settlement in Kansas by William Keel.
For comprehensive statistics on mid-20th century German usage in Kansas counties (along with other languages), read Foreign Language Units of Kansas by J. Neale Carman.

Recent Submissions

  • KS34 Marshall County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi (1999)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in 1999 for the North Low Saxon (West Low German) Plattdüütsch dialect of Bremen, Kansas. Female speaker born in 1917.
  • MO02 Lafayette County, Missouri 

    Ballew, William N. (1995)
    Wenker sentences and an anecdote recorded in 1995 for the West Low German dialect of Concordia, MO. Female speaker born in 1912.
  • KS33 Ellis County, Kansas 

    Lunte, Gabi; Rein, Kurt (1993)
    Wenker sentences and a conversation recorded in 1993 for the Bukovina Catholic Bohemiam (North Upper German) dialect of Ellis, KS. Male speaker, born in 1918.
  • MO15 St. Charles County, Missouri 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi; Keel, William D. (2000)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in 2000 (#11, #25 missing) for the Westphalian (West Low German) dialect of New Melle, MO. Female speaker born in 1926.
  • MO05 Benton County, Missouri 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Keel, William D.; Lunte, Gabi (2019)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in 2019 for the West Low German dialect of Cole Camp, MO. Male speaker born in 1934.
  • MO08 Morgan County, Missouri 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Keel, William D.; Lunte, Gabi (2000)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in 2000 for the West Low German dialect of Stover, MO. Male speaker born in 1951.
  • KS32 Harvey County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi (1999)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in 1999 for the Mennonite Plautdietsch (East Low German) dialect of Burrton, KS. Male speaker, born in 1920.
  • KS31 Harvey County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi (1999)
    KU Questionnaire responses and a conversation recorded in 1999 for the Mennonite Plautdietsch (East Low German) dialect of Buhler, KS. Male speaker, born in 1920.
  • KS30 Haskell County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi (2000)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in Sublette, Kansas in 2000 for the Mennonite Plautdietsch (East Low German) dialect of the Mennonite settlement area near Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua State, Mexico. Female speaker, born ...
  • KS29 Haskell County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi (2000)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in Sublette, Kansas in 2000 for the Mennonite Plautdietsch (East Low German) dialect of the Mennonite settlement area near Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua State, Mexico. Female speaker, born ...
  • KS28 Gray County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi; Mays, Lisa (2003)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in 2003 for the Mennonite Plautdietsch (East Low German) dialect of Cimarron, KS. Female speaker, born in 1992.
  • KS27 Gray County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi; Mays, Lisa (2003)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in 2003 for the Mennonite Plautdietsch (East Low German) dialect of Cimarron, KS. Female speaker, born in 1975.
  • KS26 Gray County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi; Mays, Lisa (2003)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in 2003 for the Mennonite Plautdietsch (East Low German) dialect of Cimarron, KS. Female speaker, born in 1966.
  • KS25 Gray County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi; Mays, Lisa (2003)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in 2003 for the Mennonite Plautdietsch (East Low German) dialect of Cimarron, KS. Male speaker, born in 1966.
  • KS24 Gray County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi; Mays, Lisa (2003)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in 2003 for the Mennonite Plautdietsch (East Low German) dialect of Cimarron, KS. Female speaker, born in 1959.
  • KS23 Gray County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi; Mays, Lisa (2003)
    KU Questionnaire responses and a lesson in how to make Vareniki recorded in 2003 for the Mennonite Plautdietsch (East Low German) dialect of Cimarron, KS. Female speaker, born in 1972.
  • RU01 Ellis County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris (1992)
    Wenker sentences recorded in 1992 for the Volga German (West Middle German) dialect of Schönchen, Russia. Male speaker, born in 1953.
  • KS22 Marshall County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi (1999)
    KU Questionnaire responses recorded in 1999 for the East Frisian (West Low German) dialect of Marysville, Kansas. Female speaker born in 1918.
  • KS21 Marshall County, Kansas 

    Johnson, D. Chris; Lunte, Gabi (1999)
    KU Questionnaire responses, along with excerpts of a multi-lingual conversation about wedding day shiveree hijinks, recorded in 1999 for the North Low Saxon (West Low German) Plattdüütsch dialect of Bremen, Kansas. Male ...
  • KS20 Johnson County, Kansas 

    Putnam, Michael T. (2003)
    Wenker sentences recorded in Yiddish in 2003 in Leawood, KS. Male speaker, born in 1921.

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