Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The state of Wisconsin is remarkably rich in languages, Indigenous and immigrant. During the July History at Home program, the Languages of Wisconsin, explore the map of Wisconsin languages past and present. Join History at Home Thursday, July 15 at 6 p.m. via Zoom; to participate, find the link at

This talk will be offered by Joe Salmons in conjunction with Badger Talks Live. Salmons is the Lester W.J. “Smoky” Seifert Professor of Language Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He co-founded the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, and his research focuses on language change and linguistic theory, especially sound systems.

His talk will focus especially on how and why communities have shifted to English over time, and efforts to maintain and revitalize some of them today.

History at Home focuses on stories about the area's past every third Thursday of the month. The programs are free. Many History at Home programs are captured on video and shared on the library's YouTube channel. That link can be found at