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.
(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,