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Kathryn Remlinger at Hart Public Library

Join us at the Hart Public Library on Thursday, June 14th at 6:30pm. Kathryn Remlinger will be there to talk about and sign her book "Yooper Talk."

We will be there with her books which will be available to purchase at the event.

We will also carry signed copies in the store.

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, including interviews with seventy-five lifelong residents of the UP, Kathryn Remlinger examines how the idea of a unique Yooper dialect emerged. Considering UP English in relation to other regional dialects and their speakers, she looks at local identity, literacy practices, media representations, language attitudes, notions of authenticity, economic factors, tourism, and contact with immigrant and Native American languages. The book 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. Yooper Talk explains linguistic concepts with entertaining examples for general readers and also contributes to interdisciplinary discussions of dialect and identity in sociolinguistics, anthropology, dialectology, and folklore.


This event takes place at Hart Public Library on June 14th at 6:30pm.

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 6:00pm
415 S. State St.
Hart, MI 49420
Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (Languages and Folklore of Upper Midwest) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299312503
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - June 27th, 2017

"Although humorous songs poke fun at Yoopers' words and customs, Remlinger takes this place and its people very seriously. She explains how history, ethnicity, environment, economic changes, tourism, and especially language have created a colorful and distinctive regional dialect and identity." --Larry Lankton, Hollowed Ground: Copper Mining and Community Building on Lake Superior