Ever wonder why we say the things we do, and what “Wisconsin English” actually means? Find out on Saturday December 1st, 10am with UW-Madison Professor, Joe Salmons. Hosted at the Middleton Senior Center 7448 Hubbard Ave, Middleton this presentation is open to the public and will explore the rich kinds of English spoken in our state. With plenty of audience participation, Salmons will include pronunciation, words and word forms, and grammar. We’ll look at how key features of Wisconsin English have developed over time – and how remarkably recent they are – and how they are changing and becoming more distinct today.

Salmons is based out of the brand new Language Sciences Department at the UW-Madison and is also the Director for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures. His research focuses on language broadly, especially speech sounds and language changes, often drawing data from Germanic languages. His work includes teaching, research and integrated outreach with the general public.

“Wisconsin English” is sponsored by the Middleton Area Historical Society and preceded by the annual membership meeting. This is a free event, refreshments will be served, and all ages are welcome to attend.

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