About Us

"Language Matters for Wisconsin" was a project of the Max Kade Institute and the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, supported by a three-year "Baldwin – Wisconsin Idea" grant. It was led by UW-Madison linguists Thomas Purnell, Eric Raimy, and Joseph Salmons.

Language Matters for Wisconsin directors

Tom Purnell, Department of English, UW-Madison
Eric Raimy, Department of English, UW-Madison
Joe Salmons, Department of German, UW-Madison


Mark Livengood

Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures staff

James Leary, Director
Ruth Olson, Associate Director

Max Kade Institute staff

Cora Lee Kluge
, Director
Antje Petty, Assistant Director, Educational Outreach Specialist
Kevin Kurdylo, Librarian & Archivist
Hope Hague, Administrative Assistant


If you have questions or comments about our work, please email or phone Antje Petty apetty@wisc.edu / 608-262-7546.