Abstract

As a result of modern life, the Amish in Pennsylvania (USA) are faced with the necessity to keep a closer connection to the English-speaking communities which surround them. Their mother-tongue – Pennsylvania German – is therefore exposed to an increased influence of English. The paper at hand investigates this influence of English on Pennsylvania German. It examines the use and integration of different types of English loans words into the Pennsylvania German lexicon, such as borrowings, hybrids, loan translations, and semantic loans. Additionally, it analyzes the change of Pennsylvania German syntax with a special focus on the loss of the dative and infinitive constructions.