From Bubblers to Brats, Exploring Wisconsin’s Unique Language Landscape

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Pickle patch. Bubbler. Tavern belly. Brats.

Wisconsinites have regularly employed a colorful and unique vocabulary thanks to multiple waves of immigration from the 1800s through the present.

But there is also incredible diversity in language use in different areas of the state and even within single cities.

A new book written by a collection of linguistic scholars expounds on our state’s history, policy, and culture towards language use. Eric Raimy, professor of English Language and Linguistics at UW Madison, and Thomas Purnell, professor of English at UW Madison, are the co-editors and contributors of Wisconsin Talk: Linguistic Diversity in the Badger State.

Listen to the story and read more here.