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Title: A Tale of Three Cities: Urban-Rural Asymmetries in Language Shift?
Author: Felecia Ann Lucht
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Institution: Wayne State University
Author: Benjamin Frey
Institution: University of Wisconsin Madison
Author: Joseph C Salmons
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Homepage: http://joseph-salmons.net
Institution: University of Wisconsin Madison
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics; Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language: English
German
Abstract: In the 19th and 20th centuries, eastern Wisconsin went from being heavily German speaking to almost entirely English speaking. The largest city, Milwaukee, is claimed to have experienced language shift more rapidly than the state's rural German communities. We examine this apparent asymmetry, comparing evidence for language shift in urban Milwaukee, the city of Watertown, and the small town of Lebanon, drawing on census data, reports on language of church services, and information on the German language press. Our findings show little asymmetry in rate of shift across the three communities, but evidence is consistent with a correlation between shift and Warren's .

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