Professor Remlinger publishes Yooper Talk
June 06, 2017
Professor Kathryn Remlinger of English has published a study of the Upper Peninsula dialect, Yooper Talk. As she explains, "My research broadly focuses on how identity and attitudes affect language variation and change. Specifically, I study how one of the dialects in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula (in the Upper Peninsula) has developed and changed. The project aims to both describe the structure and use of the dialect and also to explain how identity and language attitudes affect its use and change. I am also interested in ethnic labels like "Yooper" and "Cajun" and how they reflect attitudes about regional dialects as well as how their use reinforces stereotypes about dialects and their speakers."