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Mennonite Low German Dictionary / Mennonitisch-Plattdeutsches Wörterbuch
Jack Thiessen

The Dictionary of Mennonite Low German is the most extensive reference work to date on the vital language of thousands of Mennonites in places as far flung as Russia, Canada, and Latin America. It provides a concise history and grammar of the language and more than twenty-five thousand entries—from Äajdatjs (lizard) to Resse'rieta (prankster) to Zyreen (siren)—taken from everyday speech, popular sayings, and literature.

This reference work offers a fascinating view of the history and present state of Mennonite Low German, which, unlike most minority and immigrant languages, continues to thrive and grow.

Jack Thiessen, emeritus professor of German at the University of Winnipeg, coauthored Mennonitische Namen/Mennonite Names with Victor Peters and is the author of Mennonitische Jeschichten, a collection of short stories. He is considered one of the leading contemporary writers in Mennonite Low German.

Distributed for the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies

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The cover of the Mennonite Low German Dictionary is illustrated with a color photo of an old man and woman in Mennonite dress walking across a landscape.

January 2004

LC: 79304075 PF
550 pp.  6 x 9

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