Wisconsin talk : linguistic diversity in the Badger State / edited by Thomas Purnell, Eric Raimy, and Joseph Salmons
- Foreword / Peyton Smith -- Preface: Why language matters for Wisconsin / Joseph Salmons -- Introduction: Thinking about language and Wisconsin English / Thomas Purnell, Eric Raimy, and Joseph Salmons -- 1. The native languages of Wisconsin / Karen Washinawatok and Monica Macaulay -- 2. Older immigrant languages / Felecia Lucht -- 3. Immigrant languages and education: Wisconsin's German schools / Antje Petty -- 4. The non-Wisconsin sound of southwest Wisconsin / Kristin Speth -- 5. Words used in Wisconsin / Luanne Von Schneidemesser -- 6. Standard English: What is it? And what is it good for? / Eric Raimy -- 7. Ethnicity and language / Thomas Purnell -- 8. Hmong in Wisconsin / Susan Meredith Burt -- 9. Spanish in Wisconsin: Advantages of maintenance and prospects for sustained vitality / Catherine Stafford -- 10. Mapping Wisconsin's linguistic landscapes / Mark Livengood -- Conclusion and outlook / Joseph Salmons
- Wisconsin is one of the most linguistically rich places in North America. It has the greatest diversity of American Indian languages east of the Mississippi, including Ojibwe and Menominee from the Algonquian language family, Ho-Chunk from the Siouan family, and Oneida from the Iroquoian family. French place names dot the state's map. German, Norwegian, and Polish-the languages of immigrants in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries-are still spoken by tens of thousands of people, and the influx of new immigrants speaking Spanish, Hmong, and Somali continues to enrich the state's cultural landscape. These languages and others (Walloon, Cornish, Finnish, Czech, and more) have shaped the kinds of English spoken around the state. Within Wisconsin's borders are found three different major dialects of American English, and despite the influences of mass media and popular culture, they are not merging-they are dramatically diverging.
- 9780299293345 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0299293343 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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- Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-161) and index.
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