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'Yooper' dialect focus of Kutsche Office of Local History event

  • headshot, Kathryn Remlinger, professor of English
  • book jacket

Posted on September 06, 2017

Kathryn Remlinger, professor of English, will discuss her new book that examines the regional language and culture of Upper Peninsula residents, commonly referred to as "Yoopers," during an event sponsored by the Kutsche Office of Local History.

"Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula" will be held Thursday, September 14, from 2:30-3:45 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, room 2270.

Remlinger's book of the same title draws on her 16 years of research as she examined how the idea of a unique Yooper dialect emerged. The presentation will center on how Remlinger became interested in Yooper talk and findings from her study. The book was published in June by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Remlinger said struggles over land, labor and language during the last 150 years have shaped how English is spoken by resident Yoopers, and how residents are viewed by outsiders.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, which is approved for LIB 100/201 courses. More information is online at gvsu.edu/kutsche.