Her book exploring the regional language, culture and history of Upper Peninsula residents is a few years old, but Kathryn Remlinger finds interest in her research remains steady, even during the pandemic.
Remlinger, professor of English, said she actually thought her presentations would halt because of public health restrictions on gatherings. Instead, she has been asked to give virtual presentations for groups, which allows her to expand her reach geographically and is a factor, she believes, in leading to even larger audiences.
She gave a presentation in June for the Historical Society of Michigan based on her book, "Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula," and has heard from local libraries as well.
"I like the fact that there can be wider public outreach, especially because I want to create awareness about language and how attitudes and how we understand a history and place helps us understand certain groups of people," Remlinger said.