The Summer Linguistic Lecture Series

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!

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Presenter's Bio:


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.

E-mail: wil.rankinen@gvsu.edu


SLLS Events

The Historic Braumart Theatre

June 18, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The spacious Braumart Theatre has opened its doors for the "U.P. English, eh?" SLLS talk. Come and bring a friend!

The Peter White Public Library

June 25, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

To accommodate the potential audience, two talks will be given in the PWPL's Shiras room on June 25th. Light refreshments will be provided by the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan.

The Peter White Public Library

June 25, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

To accommodate the potential audience, two talks will be given in the PWPL's Shiras room on June 25th. Light refreshments will be provided by the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan.

Lake Superior State University's Kenneth J. Shouldice Library

July 11, 2018 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Let's talk about UP English in Michigan's eastern areas of the Upper Peninsula. Come out and bring a friend!

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The 2018 Summer Linguistic Lecture Series is supported by the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan.



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