The materials below were developed for a course at UW–Madison on Language and Immigration in Wisconsin, Linguistics 237, taught in the Spring. You are welcome to use them for teaching or self-study. We would welcome any feedback on these materials. If you develop related materials, we’d be very happy to post them here for others to use. Contact Joe Salmons.
Migration from abroad and other parts of the US has brought and brings many languages and dialects to Wisconsin. How and when did newcomers and their descendants learn English? When and why did they begin to speak only English? How have they shaped English spoken here? We’ll do hands-on research to answer these and other questions about languages past and present in Wisconsin. We’ll examine social and historical issues and linguistic structures, drawing on many different sources.