College of Letters & Science l Department of Language Sciences
Hometown: Kings Mountain, NC
Joe is a dynamic speaker whose enthusiasm about his topic is evident. Great rapport with his audience.
– Ted T., Bethel Christian Men’s Fellowship
- This presentation, including plenty of audience participation, will explore the kinds of English spoken in our state, including pronunciation, words and word forms, and grammar. We’ll look at how key features of Wisconsin English have developed over time – and how remarkably recent they are – and how they are changing and becoming more distinct today.
Our state is remarkably rich in languages, Indigenous and immigrant. This talk explores the map of Wisconsin languages past and present. We’ll focus especially on how and why communities have shifted to English over time and efforts to maintain and revitalize some of them today.