CIT offers Hutterisch interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.
Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Hutterisch language services including interpretation, translation, and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field-tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Hutterisch language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Hutterisch language interpreters and translators possess in-depth knowledge of the Hutterish language, as well as of the culture and history of the Hutterisch people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.
The Hutterisch Language
The Hutterites, the Anabaptist cousins of the Amish people, have their own language called Hutterisch, a German dialect. It is different from the Amish that some are accustomed to hearing.
The Hutterites and their movement began in the 16th century when Jakob Hutter became the chief elder in 1533. There are about 490 colonies of Hutterites today. Among that are three specific groups: Schmiedeleut, Dariusleut, and Lehrerleut. They have the same documents of faith but they dress different and live in different areas from each other. Additionally, different colonies have different leaders (or elders). Similar to the Amish, the Hutterites believe in adult baptism. Hutterisch, which is the language the Hutterites speak, is a Carinthian German language spoken by Hutterites in Canada and the US and also by some Prairie People, known as Prairieleit. Other names for Hutterisch are Carinthian German, Hutterian German and Hutterite German. It is spoken by around 40,000 people worldwide, mainly in the Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan provinces in Canada. The language falls under the Indo-European, Germanic, West, High German, German, Upper German and Bavarian-Austrian classification of languages. There are multiple dialects of Hutterisch, such as Pennsylvanian German, Plautdiestch, Tyrolean and Standard and is written in Latin script.
The Hutterites live in colonies while the Prairie People live in many parts of the world. They decided not to live in a community when they came to North America in the 1800s. Hutterisch is originally from Carinthia, which is in the Eastern Alps in the southern part of Austria. Where a German word would have a short vowel, the Hutterisch version of that word would have a long vowel. Hutterisch dialects shift and vary. Someone who speaks Hutterisch can tell what Hutterite colony the stranger belongs to simply by the way they speak. Because of the disbursement of the Hutterites, their language has many loanwords from Poland and other European languages. To the dismay of the Hutterite people, the language has more and more English words as many Hutterites live in English speaking countries. However, even in European countries where English is not the primary speaking language, Hutterisch is gaining more and more English words in its vocabulary.
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