Linguistic Atlas of Kansas German Dialects

As one travels throughout the state of Kansas, one cannot help noticing numerous place names which might lead one to believe that one is, indeed, not in Kansas anymore: Humboldt in Allen County, Bremen in Marshall County, Stuttgart in Phillips County, Marienthal in Wichita County, Windthorst in Ford County, Olmitz in Barton County, Olpe in Lyons County, Bern in Nemaha County, and many others. Whether named for famous German researchers (Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt), German political leaders of the nineteenth century (Ludwig Windthorst), cities and towns in Germany (Bremen, Stuttgart and Olpe), the capital of Switzerland (Bern), a city in Moravia in the former Austrian Empire (Olmütz), or a German colony near the Volga River in the Russian Empire (Marienthal), each of these Kansas communities is a living testament to the massive influx of German-speaking settlers who found new homes in Kansas during the period from the mid-1850s to the 1880s, and continue to immigrate to Kansas at the beginning of the twenty-first century. (Keel, 2006)


Kansas Language Symposium - German

Professor William Keel presented a talk on Kansas German dialects at the Kansas Languages Symposium, hosted by Johnson County Community College on November 8, 2012.

See the YouTube video of the presentation (approximate length 1 hour).


Darker counties indicate posted recordings. Click on a county to listen to German speakers from that county.

Ellis(EL) |  Logan(LG) |  Marion(MN) |  McPherson(MP) |  Nemaha(NM) | 
Reno(RN) |  Rush(RH) |  Russell(RS)  Trego(TR)  Ellis County Maps and Soundfiles Logan County Maps and Soundfiles Marion County Maps and Soundfiles McPherson County Maps and Soundfiles Nemaha County Maps and Soundfiles Reno County Maps and Soundfiles Rush County Maps and Soundfiles Russell County Maps and Soundfiles Trego County Maps and Soundfiles

How to get the most out of the recordings.

How to get the most out of the historical maps.


Last Updated May 16, 2013