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Wisconsin Platt Today

In the 2010s NDR North German Public Television recorded a series of videos throughout various parts of the world of people using Plattdüütsch (Low German) .  Some examples are Sydney, Australia, South Africa. Brazil, Kansas, Siberia, and of all places, North Central Wisconsin. Specifically, Marathon and Lincoln Counties.  To illustrate to our website visitors, we have excerpted a 2:20 minute clip from the Wisconsin production. Click the link below.


Wisconsin Platt-Loppnow




1968 Recording of Ost Pommersch Platt, East Pomeranian Low German.

This is an example of a Ost Pommersch Platt, speaker, Esther Bloch of Marathon County Wisconsin recorded by the Jürgen Eichhoff, of the Max Kade Institute, UW Madison, WI.

Max Kade Institute Interview with Esther Bloch

This is a great example of the language as it is and was spoken by the members of the Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin.

Sounds- Germanic Languages

The Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin was contacted by Dr. Paul Heggarty of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Dept of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution in order to interview and collect of some of our Low German speaking members  for his study.  He shared the website shown below where sound are classified by location. This project covers multiple languages, however, by selecting the Low German tab, and a given word, one can actually hear how that word is spoken in various regions of Germany. 

The version of Ost Pommersch Platt, East Pomeranian Low German, with which we are familiar is no longer spoken in Eastern Pomerania because the population that spoke it was relocated to other parts of Germany and the world in 1945 following the end of WWII.  However with this Sound Tool we can find places such as West Pomerania and Mecklenburg, that pronounce words the same as our East Pomeranian version.

To use the tool, select the language on the left side of the map, then the word you want to examine from the right side.  It will show up on the top of the map at which time you can begin clicking on the region and hear how that word is pronounced in the region.  

Of special interest to us, if you click on Diaspora German on the left side and then scroll down the column until you reach Wisc. Pommern, you will find 4 examples of Central Wisconsin Ost Pommersch from Naugart, Stettin, and Maine in Marathon County and one in Green Bay who were all recorded on Dr Heggarty's visit to our Verein.

Sound Comparisons Germanic Languages

(Be patient after clicking on the link above as it takes some time to load)


Dr. Paul Heggarty

Dept of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution,  [website]

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History,  [website]

Kahlaische Straße 10,

07745  Jena,