The 2018 Summer Linguistic Lecture Series
Recent published article, "U.P. English, eh?", in the Marquette Monthly (2018): http://marquettemonthly.org/u-p-english-eh/.
The 2018 Summer Linguistic Lecture Series (SLLS) brings Dr. Wil Rankinen to four different locations across Michigan's Upper Peninsula to discuss the latest research on the UP Dialect.
Have you ever wondered why we sound Canadian to many outsiders? Where in the UP is "sauna" pronounced the Finnish way and where is it not? What shared or differing beliefs do we hold as yoopers about language, culture and community? How does where we live in the UP influence those set of beliefs?
These points and more will be discussed during each 60 minute lecture, with 30 minutes reserved afterwards for community discussion. While the general content for each of the four talks are the same, each discussion is always unique. Come out, eh, and enjoy the fun and fascinating topic of UP talk!
Dr. Wil Rankinen is first and foremost a born and raised yooper. As a sociolinguist and phonetician, he has spent the last ten years studying various quantitative aspects of the UP Dialect. Two recent UP linguistic projects include The Sauna Survey and The UP Talk Study. When he is not up in the UP with family and friends or doing UP-related research, Dr. Rankinen is an assistant professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.
July 8, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Peter White Public Library has opened its doors for the "U.P. Words" 2019 SLLS talk. This talk will be in the Peter White's community room. Come and bring a friend!
July 10, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The spacious Historic Braumart Theatre has opened its doors for the "U.P. Words and Yooper Identity?" 2019 SLLS talk. Come and bring a friend!
July 16, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 AM
For the 2019 SLLS talk, let's talk about "U.P. Words and Yooper Identity" in Michigan's eastern areas of the Upper Peninsula. Come out and bring a friend!
July 19, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
For the 2019 SLLS talk, let's talk about "U.P. Words and Yooper Identity" in Michigan's western areas of the Upper Peninsula. Come out and bring a friend!