(IRON MOUNTAIN, MI.)–The 2018 Summer Linguistic Lecture Series, brings Dr. Wil Rankinen to four different locations across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to discuss the latest research on the UP Dialect. If you’ve ever wondered why we sound Canadian to many outsiders or where in the U.P. is “sauna” pronounced the Finnish way and where it is not. What shared or differing belief do we hold as Yoopers about language, culture and community? How does where we live in the UP influence those set of beliefs? According to “Communication Sciences and Disorders., ” from the Grand Valley State University Linguistic Lecture Series featuring Dr. Ranikinen, he will discuss those items and more during his 60-minute lecture with 30 minutes reserved afterward for community discussion at the Braumart Theatre. ” While the general content for each of the four talks are the same each discussion is always unique about this fun and fascinating topic of UP Talk.” Dr. Rankinen will lecture at the Braumart on June 18th from 7-8:30pm. The lecture is ‘free.’ He will also appear at several libraries including Lake Superior State University’s Kenneth J. Shouldice, July 11th, 1-3:30pm and the Peter White Library. The 2018 Summer Linguistic Lecture Series is supported by the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan.