Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants

Title

A Tour of the UP's Linguistic Landscape

Department

English Department

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Abstract

The presentation will analyze the linguistic landscape of the UP to investigate the role of tourism in defining the dialect what it means to sound like a Yooper and in shaping perceptions of the dialect. An examination of language in public spaces from tourist brochures, to t-shirts, web sites, and bumper stickers provides visible evidence of how marketing the UP as a tourist destination is tied to a positive value of the dialect.

Conference Name

Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition

Conference Location

Marquette, Michigan

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