Nov 14
Memorial Library, Room 126
728 State Street

Joe Salmons

Professor of Linguistics, UW-Madison
Language as History: Nordic Sound Recordings from the Upper Midwest

Join Joe Salmons, Mirva Johnson, and David Natvig for Language as History. We want and need to understand our past, and languages are a central part of history in the Upper Midwest. Using sound recordings made since the 1930s in the Nordic languages, we will talk about how our understanding of language history has been revolutionized because of these recordings and explore what they can tell us not only about the languages but about the social and cultural contexts in which they were spoken.

Presented by Traditions in Dialogue: Nordic-American Communities and Their Arts in Local and Transnational Contexts one of the Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with support from Nancy and David Borghesi and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Borghesi-Mellon Workshops