Yooper Talk with Kathryn Remlinger
Part of the Independent Bookstore day celebrations at the Book Nook & Java Shop, join Kathryn Remlinger for a lively discussion of her book YOOPER TALK: Dialect as Identity in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Her talk will be followed by time for questions, and books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
Remlinger examines how the idea of a unique Yooper dialect emerged. She looks at local identity and literacy, 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.
“Although humorous songs poke fun at Yoopers’ words and customs, Remlinger 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
Kathryn Remlinger is a professor of English at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.