Outreach and Publicity

Since 2006 we have been conducting a variety of forms of outreach throughout Wisconsin, including public talks/discussions (sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council) and interviews with print, radio, and television media. In our public discussions, participants help us explore how Wisconsinites talk, how our regional English came to be so distinctive, and how it is changing dramatically today. A list of past appearances and media coverage can be found below. If you have comments or would like to suggest locations for future meetings, please contact us. You can also keep up on the Wisconsin Englishes Project through our podcasts.

What Folks Are Saying

To view selected comments from participants of Wisconsin Englishes events, please click here.

Public Gatherings

Language Matters: "The Cornish Dialect in Mineral Point," a presentation by UW-Madison graduate student Kristin Speth, Pendarvis Historical Site, September 25, 2010

Language Matters: Talk by Eric Raimy at Nicolet College, Rhinelander, February 23, 2010

February 24, 2008: Manitowoc Public Library
April 13, 2008: Mead Public Library, Sheboygan
April 20, 2008: Old Royal Inn, Mineral Point
April 21, 2008: Gateway Technical College, Kenosha
April 26, 2008: La Crosse Public Library
May 19, 2008: Rhinelander District Library
May 29, 2008: Appleton Public Library
June 7, 2007: Beaver Dam Community Library
June 21, 2007: Watertown Public Library
October 17, 2007: UW–Marathon County Theater, Wausau
October 23, 2007: UW-Superior Rothwell Student Center
October 23, 2007: UW-Superior Multicultural Center
October 25, 2007: Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland
November 13, 2007: Portage County Public Library
April 1, 2006: UW-Madison Union South
March 27, 2006: Plaza Hotel & Suites Conference Center, Eau Claire
March 22, 2006: Milwaukee Public Library

Print and Web Media

The Cap Times, Jack Craver, August 31, 2013, "Are Today's Immigrants Really Less Inclined To Learn To Speak English?"

WhooNEW (Northeast Wisconsin), Ashley Steinbrinck, June 27, 2013 "10 Silly Things We Say In Wisconsin."

ABC News, Cristina Costantini, June 18, 2013: Study: Latinos Learn English Faster Than Past Immigrants.

News and Notes (UW-Madison College of Letters and Science), Tom Ziemer, April 1, 2013, "Interactive State Map Assists on Problematic Pronunciations."

Badger Voice, Wendy Hathaway, May 2012, "'Listen Here Once': The Why and How of What Badgers Say."

TwinCities.com / Pioneer Press, Rubén Rosario, January 19, 2011, "English-Only Bill Is Unnecessary But Assures Drazkowski's Re-election."

Mineral Point Democrat Tribune, February 4, 2010, "Mineral Point Gets Involved with Language Matters for Wisconsin."

Madison.com, Scott Bauer, November 15, 2009, "Palin's Way of Talkin' Dissected, You Betcha."

Daily Herald (Suburban Chicago), Burt Constable, March 21, 2009, "Learning to Be Tolerant Trumps Need to Learn English."

The Huffington Post, Daniel Cubias, January 2, 2009, "Sprechen Zie Deutsch?: Did European Immigrants Really Learn English Quickly?"

Geo.de, January 2009, "Linguistik: Renitente Deutsche."

Arizona Republic, Daniel González, December 9, 2008: "Migrants' English Use Rebutted."

Toronto Star, November 1, 2008: "'English or Bust' is New Reality for Immigrants: Knowledge Economy Drives Language Needs."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, November 1, 2008: "Immigrants of Past Hung Onto Old Languages."

Wissenschaft aktuell, October, 21, 2008: "Auch deutsche Migranten keine Wunderkinder beim Sprachenlernen."

The Capital Times, October 18, 2008: "Study Debunks Myth That Early Immigrants Quickly Learned English."

UW-Madison Press Release, October 16, 2008: "Study Debunks Myth That Early Immigrants Quickly Learned English."

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, Richard Meryhew, Oct. 3, 2008: "MinnesOHtan? Palin just sounds like one."

McClatchy Newspapers, Kevin McDermott, Oct. 2, 2008: "Palin spoken: An atypical accent can spell success."

NewsoftheNorth.Net, Sarah Juon, May 15, 2008:: "How your expressions and vowel sounds give you away as a 'Skahnsinite'"

Wisconsin State Journal, March 30, 2008: "You bin shiftin' yer vowuls?"

The Lake Superior Sounder, October 25 2007: “How we Wisconsinites tend to talk and talk."

Beaver Dam (Wis.) Daily Citizen, June 8, 2007: "Boiled Lawyer and the Bubbler."

Wisconsin State Journal, February 22, 2007: "'Heartland' -- A Mystical, Culturally Diverse Area."

Wisconsin Week, October 17, 2006: "Podcasting for Student Ears."

Chippewa Herald, September 5, 2006: "You Say 'pop,' I Say 'soda'."

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, September 5, 2006: "Regional Accents Abound in State."

Associated Press article, September 1, 2006: "Speech Differences in Wisconsin Being Studied."

On Wisconsin, Summer 2006: "Talkin' 'Skahnsin. Linguists Listen to How We Talk 'round Here." PDF

Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, March 24, 2006: "Some Beg to Differ with Linguists."

Isthmus, Madison, WI, weekly paper, March 24, 2006: "Something to Talk About: Wisconsin Englishes Project Charts Trends in Dialects." PDF

Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, March 21, 2006: "That Wisconsin accent . . . or is it an eccent?"

University of Wisconsin News, March 16, 2006: "Linguists set sights on "Skahnsin" English"

Wisconsin State Journal, March 17, 2006: "Researchers Want to Hear That 'Sconsin Slang" (PDF)

UW-Eau Claire News Bureau, March 14, 2006: "Linguists Invite Area residents to Discuss 'Skahnsin' English."

Interview with Joe Fryer for News Extra Feature entitled "Minnesota/Wisconsin: Our Evolving Dialects." KARE 11. Minneapolis/St. Paul. Original airdate: November 27, 2005. [On-line print version]

Badger Herald, March 11, 2005: "UW Linguists Find Dialect Differences."

Press Release: Wisconsin Englishes Public Forums, March 2006 (PDF)


Radio Interviews

Wisconsin Public Radio, Central Time, July 22, 2013: Rob Ferrett and Gene Purcell talk with Tom Purnell about how where you are from in the US determines how you say things (about 30:00 into the show).

KPCC, 89.3 FM, Southern California Public Radio, July 17, 2011: "After 23 years in the U.S., should an immigrant be expected to speak English?" With guest Joseph Salmons.

Language Matters: Joseph Salmons interviewed on Norwegian national radio (Kulturnytt, NRK) about the influences of immigrant languages on English, September 7, 2010

National Public Radio, Jennifer Luden, April 7, 2009: "In Rural Wisconsin, German Reigned for Decades."

WRJN Newstalk 1400 AM, Racine, WI. April 22, 2008: Radio interview by Pete Ferrand with Joe Salmons.

WBEV 1430 AM, June 6, 2007, Community Comment: "'Skahnsin English."

WORT 89.9 FM, Madison, May 30, 2007, "A Public Affair."

Interview with Steve Roisum, WPR La Crosse, October 10, 2006: "Wisconsin Dialects Are Changing."

WIBA 1310, Madison, Wisconsin, March 30, 2006: "Dueling dialects in the Badger State" Radio interview with Joe Salmons and Thomas Purnell.

WTCB-FM, Columbia, South Carolina, March 28, 2006: Radio interview with Joe Salmons and Tony Clyburn.

Whad'Ya Know? Radio show, March 25, 2006: Part one

Wisconsin Public Radio, interview with Ben Merens, March 22, 2006


Television Appearances


WEAU TV13, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. On-air interview on Wisconsin dialects with Judy Clark. News 13 Today, December 20, 2006 [No link available].

WISCTV3, Madison, Wisconsin, April 12, 2006: Television interview with Thomas Purnell.