Presentations

I am available to give talks, lectures, and presentations on various topics related to my expertise in socio-cultural linguistics including dialects and identity, language variation and change, language attitudes, and language and gender. I have given numerous talks to public and scholarly audiences at colleges and universities and to community groups.

For a a list of upcoming presentations click here.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Yooperisms in tourism: Commodified enregistered features in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula’s linguistic landscape. Lecture presented to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Maastricht, Netherlands. 11 May 2016.

Yooper talk: Dialect as identity in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Poster presented at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Sabbatical Showcase, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. 6 April 2016.

Traveling the UP’s Linguistic Landscape. Paper presented at the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition annual meeting, Marquette, Michigan, 14 March 2015.

Locating language in the “Finnish American nesting place.” Lecture presented at Finn Fest USA 2013, Finlandia University, Hancock, Michigan, 19-23 June 2013.

Sounding Yooper: The idea of a Yooper dialect. Lecture presented at the Michigan Iron Mining Museum, Negaunee. 24 July 2012.

Upper Peninsula English: The idea of a regional dialect. Paper presented at the Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival, Northern Michigan University, Marquette. 20-22 March 2009.

Saying ya in da Keveenaw: The whys and hows of Copper Country English. Paper presented at the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures. University of Wisconsin-Madison. 20 May 2008.

with Joe Salmons (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Luanne von Schneidemesser (Dictionary of American Regional English) Wisconsin and UP Englishes. Paper presented as part of the Wisconsin Englishes project. Rhinelander District Library, Rhinelander, WI. 19 May 2008.

History with an attitude, eh: Dialect and Identity in the Copper Country, or, The Recognition of a local dialect. Paper presented at the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Collections Speaker Series, Michigan Technological University, Houghton. 28 June 2007.

“They’re different down there than up here”: Dialect and identity in Michigan’s Copper Country. Paper presented at Discourses from the Academy: The Colloquium Series Sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette. 14 June 2007.

The sound of history: Dialect in Michigan’s Copper Country. Paper presented at the Breakfast Club “Early Risers” of Grand Rapids, Park Church. 23 May 2007.

A regional dialect: The influence of Finnish on English in the U.P. Paper presented at Grand Finn Fest, Marquette, Michigan. 12 August 2005.

The influence of Finnish in Michigan’s Copper Country: History, identity, and dialect. Paper presented at Things Finnish, hosted by The Bookman and Loutit Library, Grand Haven, Michigan. 31 July 2004.

What it means to be a Yooper: Identity and language attitudes in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Paper presented at the Michigan State University Linguistics Student Organization Colloquia, Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian & African Languages, East Lansing. 2 October 2003.

The Finnish brogue of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Paper presented to the Finnish American Society of West-Central Michigan, Marne. 28 September 2002.

Oral history and sociolinguistics: A study of language variation and change in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Paper presented to the Michigan Archival Association, Peter White Library, Marquette, Michigan. 27 June 2002.

Accent with an attitude. Paper presented at the Department of Humanities Colloquia, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan. 27 February 2002.

SUBMITTED PRESENTATIONS

Commodified Enregistered Features in Tourism’s Linguistic Landscape: Regenerating Meanings of Dialect, Identity, and Place in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Linguistic Landscapes 8 International Workshop, University of Liverpool, England. 27-29 April 2016.

New Vistas of Dialect and Identity in the Linguistic Landscape. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association/Society for Linguistic Anthropology. Denver, Colorado, 21 November 2015.

Discursive Displays of Authentic Finnishness in the “Finnish American Nesting Place.” Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Symposium 20, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 15-18 June 2014.

Displays of authenticity in the “Finnish American Nesting Place.” Paper presented as part of the panel, Language Projects and Prospective Publics, at the American Anthropological Association and Society of Linguistic Anthropology meetings, Chicago, 24 November 2013.

Locating language in the “Finnish American nesting place.” Paper presented at Locating Language: A Symposium on the Linguistics of Place, The Ohio State University, 20-21 April 2013.

with Angela Tramontelli. Putting Michiganese on the map: The perceptual dialectology of Michigan. Paper presented at the Midwest meeting of the American Dialect Society/Midwest Modern Language Association, Cincinnati, 9 November 2012.

With Trevor DeWaard. Negotiated identities: Nepali-Bhutanese in West Michigan. Paper presented to the Department of English Colloquia Series, Grand Valley State University, 28 November 2011.

Enregisterment and shifting indexes of ethnicity, class and place in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Paper presented at the Invited Session, The Ends of Enregisterment: Shifting Indexes of Identity and Place, Society of Linguistic Anthropology, annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, 5 December 2009, Philadelphia.

Nisu, sisu, and sauna: Sounding like a Finn in the UP. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Dialect Society, 9 January 2009, San Francisco.

with Joe Salmons (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Luanne Von Schneidemesser (Dictionary of American Regional English). Revised perceptions. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Dialect Society, Chicago, 4 January 2008.

“They’re different down there than up here”: The enregistration of a regional dialect. Paper presented at Studies in the History of English Language (SHEL)-5, University of Georgia, Athens, 5 October 2007.

From Bombay to Mumbai: English in post-colonial India. Paper presented at the English Department Colloquia Series, Grand Valley State University, 22 January 2007.

with Vandana Pednekar-Magal “Keep jobs at home”: The discursive construction of outsourcing. Paper presented at the International Conference on Pragmatics, Institute of Advanced Studies in English, University of Pune, 15 December 2006, Pune, India.

“Got Sisu?” Finnish American heritage festivals and the linguistic constitution of ethnic identities. Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting, Invited Session: The Culture in Culture Festivals. San Jose, California. 19 November 2006.

Jobs are going overseas: The discursive construction of outsourcing. Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Symposium 16, Limerick, Ireland. 6 July 2006.

Identity, language attitudes, and gender in folk perceptions of regional dialects. Paper presented at Methods in Dialectology XII, University of Moncton, New Brunswick. 2 August 2005.

The intertwined histories of identity and dialect in Michigan’s Copper Country. Paper presented at a symposium, Michigan’s Copper Country: History, People and Place. Houghton, Michigan. 2 July 2004.

Meanings of the ethnic label Yooper: Where identity and language attitudes meet. Paper presented at the American Dialect Society, Boston. 10 January 2004.

Debunking language myths in the linguistics classroom. Paper presented as part of the panel of the ADS Committee on Teaching, “Teaching Varieties of American English,” at the American Dialect Society, Boston. 10 January 2004.

Newfies, Cajuns, Hillbillies, and Yoopers: Ideal speakers, authentic locals, and gender. Poster presented at the conference on Perceptions and Realization in Language and Gender Research. Michigan State University, East Lansing. 19-20 July 2003.

Performances of masculinity and male identities in university student discourse. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Pragmatics Association, Toronto. 13-18 July 2003.

Identity, language attitudes, and dialect in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Paper presented at the Sonderegger Symposium. Northern Michigan University, Marquette. 15-16 November 2002.

A critical approach to discourse variation. Paper presented at the Midwest meeting of the American Dialect Society in conjunction with the Midwest Modern Language Association, Minneapolis. 9 November 2002.

“Say yah to da Keveenaw, eh!” Paper presented at the Department of English Colloquia, Grand Valley State University. 23 September 2002.

Crossing methodological boarders: Critical discourse analysis and dialectology. Paper presented at Methods in Dialectology XI, University of Joensuu, Finland. 6 August 2002.

Oral History and sociolinguistics: A Study of language variation and change in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Paper presented at the Michigan Archival Association, Peter White Library, Marquette, Michigan. 28 June 2002.

Copper Country talk. Paper presented for the National Parks Service and Isle Royale Institute, aboard the Ranger III, Isle Royale to Houghton, Michigan. 6 July 2002.

Swampers, choppers, and chukes—Holy whah! Paper presented for the National Parks Service and Isle Royale Institute, aboard the Ranger III, Houghton, Michigan to Isle Royale. 5 July 2002.

Talking the talk of the Copper Country. Paper presented for the National Parks Service and Isle Royale Institute, aboard the Ranger III, Portage Canal, Houghton, Michigan. 20 June 2002.

You know you’re a real Yooper when…Effects of identity and attitude on language change in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Paper presented at NWAV (New Ways of Analyzing Variation), North Carolina State University, Raleigh. 11-14 October 2001.

“Keep Out You!”: The effect of attitude on language change in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Paper presented at the American Dialect Society Meeting, in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of American Meeting, Washington, D.C. 4-7 January 2001.

“We can never be too analytical”: Critical discourse analysis in the classroom. Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Symposium 2000, Bristol, England. 27-29 April 2000.

Ally McBeal: The new wave of feminism? Paper presented as part of the panel Lessons from the field: Gender and sexuality in popular media and personal experiences, at Grand Valley State University’s Women’s Festival. 18 March 2000.

Writing in linguistics courses: A writing workshop. Workshop conducted at WAC Conversations: The High School-College Connection, A Michigan Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, at the University of Michigan-Flint. 22 May 1999.

Integrating writing in upper-division linguistics courses. Paper presented as part of the Workshop on Accessing Undergraduates: Linguistics and Writing at the Linguistic Society of America, Los Angeles. 7-10 January 1999.

The language of process writing: Do we practice what we preach? Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago. 1-4 April 1998.

Negotiating the classroom floor: Negotiating ideologies of gender and sexuality. Paper presented as part the Gender and Sexuality Colloquia at Sociolinguistics Symposium 12, Institute of Education, University of London. 26-28 March 1998.

Widening the lens on language and gender research: The integration of critical discourse analysis and cultural practice theory. Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Symposium 11, University of Wales, Cardiff.  5-7 September 1996.

Production, resistance, and opposition: The linguistic constitution of ideology in a university community. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Chicago. 23-26 March 1996.

Examining gender and language within the university: From descriptions of difference to means of production and resistance. Paper presented at the Women Scholars’ Faculty Forum, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI. 13 February 1996.

Keeping it straight: The socio-linguistic construction of a heterosexual ideology in a campus community. Paper presented at the Georgetown Linguistics Society, Washington, DC. 17-19 February 1995.

“Come out, come out wherever you are!”: The socio-linguistic construction of lesbian and gay identities in a university community. Paper presented at the Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago. 11-13 November 1994.

Weaving theoretical threads: Liberal, psychoanalytic, and socialist feminisms and composition theory. Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Nashville. 16-19 March 1994.

Understanding classroom discourse as a complex gender construction. Paper presented as part of the colloquium on Language and Gender in the Classroom, at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, Baltimore. 5-8 March 1994.

Student talk and the culture of the classroom: The linguistic construction of gender and gender relationships. Paper presented at the Linguistic Society of America, Boston. 6-9 January 1994.

with Victoria Bergvall Gender differences in classroom conversational styles: Beyond “How much?” toward “How?” Paper presented at NWAVE (New Ways of Analyzing Variations in English) XXI, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 15-18 October 1992.

Student interaction in the classroom: A re-presentation of the dominant culture. Paper presented at the Seventeenth Annual Minnesota Conference on Language and Linguistics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. 24-26 October 1991.

Self-perceptions of north Indian women: Influences of language and culture. Paper presented at the Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender, Milwaukee. 3-6 October 1991.

North Indian weddings: Speech events reflecting and reinforcing women’s roles. Paper presented at the Fifth Annual International Conference on Pragmatics and Language Learning, Gender and Language Parasession, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 4-6 April 1991.

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