Yooper words, identity to be mulled

MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library invites the public to attend a talk entitled, “Words and Yooper Identity,” by Dr. Wil Rankinen, assistant professor and undergrad program director, communication sciences and disorders, Grand Valley State University, part of the 2019 Summer Linguistic Lecture Series.

The talk will be at 6 p.m. July 8 in the Library’s Community Room on the lower level.

For the past two summers, Wil has presented his research findings on the Upper Peninsula dialect at the library. In the summer of 2017, Wil shared how the immigrant history of the U.P. contributed to its unique dialect. In the summer of 2018, he focused on how the pronunciation of words like “sauna” related to a shared Yooper identity. This summer his focus will be on the results of the U.P. Words Survey, a web-based project whose goal is to tie the pronunciation and use of uniquely U.P. words to various regions and attitudes.

There is no admission charge to attend thanks to sponsorship by the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan and the Peter White Public Library. Come out, eh, and enjoy the fun and fascinating topic of U.P. talk! For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.