In this presentation, author and professor Kathryn Remlinger, will show how dialect, place, and identity are connected, and in particular, how sounding like a Yooper and what it means to be a Yooper are inextricably linked. Accompanied by a slide-show, Kathryn will demonstrate how this connection has developed over time and is a result of economics, such as the tourism industry, our beliefs about who is and who is not a “real” Yooper, and our ideas about what a Yooper should sound like. She will provide many examples collected over the past 19 years, including tourist souvenirs, signs in publics spaces, movies, and social media.


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