Language Matters in Wisconsin

The Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures is pleased to announce that its sister organization, the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies has received an Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grant for the project "Language Matters for Wisconsin." Thomas Purnell of UW-Madison's Linguistics Department and Eric Raimy of the English Department will lead this project, and work with community partners across Wisconsin to identify unique regional language features, hold public forums to address local language issues and concerns, map language and community details for community-linked Web sites, and produce a general-interest book exploring languages and dialects across the state.à This project builds on the highly successful "Wisconsin Englishes" project (