Kathryn Remlinger

Department of English


243 Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3122

Kathryn Remlinger

ENG 261 Foundations of Language Study
ENG 362 The History of the English Language
ENG 364 Sociolinguistics
ENG 390 Special Topics in Language and Rhetoric: US Regional Dialects
ENG 392 Language and Power
ENG/WGS 461 Language and Gender

Research Interests
My research broadly focuses on how identity and attitudes affect language variation and change. Specifically, I study how one of the dialects in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula (in the Upper Peninsula) has developed and changed. The project aims to both describe the structure and use of the dialect and also to explain how identity and language attitudes affect its use and change. I am also interested in ethnic labels like "Yooper" and "Cajun" and how they reflect attitudes about regional dialects as well as how their use reinforces stereotypes about dialects and their speakers.

In addition, I research language, gender, and sexuality. Specifically I study how language is used to create, maintain, challenge, and change notions of gender and sexuality and how these notions affect students' learning and participation in the campus community

Recent Publications
Remlinger, Kathryn A. (Forthcoming, Summer 2015). Say yah to da Finns, eh! Linguistically creating Finnishness at festivals. Journal of Finnish Studies

Remlinger, Kathryn A. (2009). Everyone Up Here: Enregisterment and Identity in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. American Speech 84 (2): 118-137. 

Remlinger, Kathryn A.  With Salmons, Joseph and von Schneidemesser, Luanne. (2009). Revised Perceptions: Changing Dialect Perceptions in Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. American Speech 84 (2):176-192.

Recent Professional Activity
American Dialect Society Executive Council, elected position, four-year term, 2012-2016.

Online Scholarly Contributions. UP Englishes. (2011-present). An academic blog about English in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, US regional dialects, linguistics, teaching linguistics, language variation and change, identity, and language ideologies. upenglishes.blogspot.com

Online Scholarly Contributions. UP Englishes. (2012-present). An academic microblog about language, linguistics, culture, society, pedagogy, writing, and cycling. twitter.com/UPEnglishes

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

Book Review (2012). A perfectly cromulent teaching resource. A review of Karma Waltonen and Denise DuVernay, 2010. The Simpsons in the classroom: Embiggening the learning experience with the wisdom of Springfield. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. American Speech, 87 (2): 248-254.

Presentation. 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.

Presentation. 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.

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

B.A., M.S. Morehead State University
Ph.D, Michigan Technological University