Thursday, March 21, 2013

Michigan Dialects

Found Michigan has a great interview with Professor Kathryn Remlinger from Grand Valley's Linguistics Department. It's a pretty great long-read covering everything from the Northern Cities Vowel Shift to the Finnish influence on the Yooper Dialect. This is probably my favorite quote:
And if the person participates in the vowel shift, he or she might say something like “Butsy, do you want these sacks in a bayg?” instead of “Betsy, do you want these socks in a bag?” So this is why people sometimes say Michiganders sound nasally.


Understanding Michigan Accents

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