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Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula - LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!

Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula - LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!

Date and Time

Thursday, September 14, 2017
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Location

  • Kirkhof Center » RM 2270

Description

Kathryn Remlinger will present her recently published book, Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Yooper Talk is a fresh and significant contribution to understanding regional language and culture in North America. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan—known as "the UP"—is historically, geographically, and culturally distinct. Struggles over land, labor, and language during the last 150 years have shaped the variety of English spoken by resident Yoopers, as well as how they are viewed by outsiders.

Drawing on sixteen years of fieldwork Kathryn Remlinger examines how the idea of a unique Yooper dialect emerged. She also explores how a dialect becomes a recognizable and valuable commodity: Yooper talk (or "Yoopanese") is emblazoned on t-shirts, flags, postcards, coffee mugs, and bumper stickers. Her presentation will highlight how she became interested in Yooper talk and significant findings from the study, including the how the dialect has been shaped through language and culture contact, what makes Yooper talk a "dialect," as well as how tourism, media, and language attitudes shape what we know and think about dialects and their speakers.

Information

gvsu.edu/kutsche/module-events-view.htm?siteModuleId=510E5E6F-9161-D57E-6A3B1E8B0B052906&eventId=0DBBF8A8-E7D9-9CA5-210CB0D7BBC78FE9

Contact

kutsche@gvsu.edu
616-331-8099

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