Welcome to the website of the Wisconsin Englishes Project (WEP). We are a group of linguists, scholars and community members exploring various aspects of the dialects of English spoken in Wisconsin and across the Upper Midwest, past and present. We also work with other languages spoken in Wisconsin and the region.

This website provides information about research, public gatherings and news related to the linguistic diversity of our state and region, as well as teaching materials.

Now available

Cover of Wisconsin Talk book

published by The University of Wisconsin Press

One product of the WEP is the publication of Wisconsin Talk: Linguistic Diversity in the Badger State, edited by Thomas Purnell, Eric Raimy and Joseph Salmons. Building on research and outreach by faculty, students and the staff of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures and far beyond, this survey of Wisconsin's languages is for both general readers and language scholars, covering linguistics, history, cultural studies and geography to illuminate why language matters in our everyday lives.


For more information, e-mail Joseph Salmons: jsalmons@wisc.edu