Outreach and Publicity

"Language Matters for Wisconsin" strives to engage Wisconsinites in an informed debate about language by focusing on four communities (Rhinelander, Wausau, Mineral Point, and Milwaukee). We are working closely with various groups and individuals to highlight language questions that are specific to each region, and to highlight various topics such as immigrant languages past and present, language maintenance and language death, American regional English, rural and urban English, etc.

Public Events

October 5, 2010
Mineral Point: "Can we Talk?"  - a discussion of Language Matters in Mineral Point with Joe Salmons and Eric Raimy,  Trinity Church

September 25, 2010, 10am
Mineral Point:  UW-Madison graduate student Kristin Speth presented on "The Cornish Dialect in Mineral Point," Pendarvis Historical Site

August 4, 2010
Nicolet: Northwoods Academy: A series of "Language Matters" sessions for K-12 teachers as part of their professional development, focusing on the physics and mathematics of speech sounds; American and state history through the lens of language and immigration in families and communities; issues of language endangerment and revitalization; and grammatical issues of standard and non-standard English and their social meaning.

April 18, 2010
Mineral Point: MP High school students and their teacher, Judy Bennett, present their own DVD productions of "Language in Mineral Point" to a community audience at the Mineral Points Historical Society Lyceum

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

February 6, 2010
Rhinelander: LM Presentation at Nicolet College

December 4, 2009
Wausau: Public presentation on LM at UW-MC, and showing of  "American Tongues" 

Print Media

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

Radio Interviews

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



Short DVDs by Mineral Point High School students