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Pennsylvania German

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Blue: The counties with the highest proportion of Pennsylvania German speakers.
Red: The counties with the highest number of Pennsylvania German speakers.

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Pennsylvania German (countable and uncountable, plural Pennsylvania Germans)

  1. (countable) A person descended from German immigrants to Pennsylvania before 1800.
  2. (uncountable) The High German language, descending from Palatine German, which is spoken by the Pennsylvania Dutch. (Not to be confused with the Low German language Plautdietsch which is also spoken in Pennsylvania.)

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Pennsylvania German (not comparable)

  1. Relating to the Pennsylvania Germans or their language.

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The term Pennsylvania Dutch is colloquially applied to the people, their culture and their language. Pennsylvania Dutch is more commonly termed Pennsylvania German in scholarly discourse.

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