Most of us know that the U.P. dialect holds a very unique characteristic, eh?
U.P. speech is so unique that a U.P. native has been studying where it originates.
Will Rankinen is in grad school at Indiana University.
He wanted to study if a Canadian influence is evident on how U.P. residents with Finnish or Italian backgrounds pronounce vowels.
He studied 130 people in Marquette County, focusing on Finnish-Americans and young Italian-Americans.
He found Canadian tendencies in the young Italian-Americans.
Rankinen started the case study in 2007.
He says as a Humboldt native, it’s helped him and other people he knows learn about the importance of a cultural influence on a community.
He presented his findings this afternoon at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee.
Rankinen says if you want to learn more about what he found, you can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org .