Pronouncing Wisconsin

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Thu Dec 21 22:42:41 UTC 2006

I suspect this is so.  Down here in Ohio I'm laughed at for saying
wI-skan-s at n, but as a native-neighbor Minnesotan, I know I'm right!  The
old but still good "American Tongues" mocks the Wisconsinites too, with the
outsider saying that in wIs-kan-s at n they all "sound Norwegian."


At 04:15 PM 12/21/2006, you wrote:
>If you mean "this is odd" as in the commercials are pronouncing the /k/
>sound, then I would agree. But I've always assumed it an indicator of the
>speaker's non-native status (for WI) and that some of these commercials are
>probably produced out of state.
>>From: "Dennis R. Preston" <preston at MSU.EDU>
>>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>>Subject: Re: Pronouncing Wisconsin
>>Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 15:51:21 -0500
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>>Poster:       "Dennis R. Preston" <preston at MSU.EDU>
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>>This is odd. My first impression (on going to Wisconsin for graduate
>>studies n the 12th C., was that Wisconsonites (i.e. Cheeseheads)
>>clearly divided the syllbales differently. I said wIs - kan - s at n;
>>they all said wI - skan - s at n.
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>> >Poster:       Scot LaFaive <spiderrmonkey at HOTMAIL.COM>
>> >Subject:      Pronouncing Wisconsin
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>> >I've noticed lately that many commercials played in Wisconsin seem to
>> >people clearly pronouncing the /k/ sound in the second syllable, and it
>> >sounds odd to me. From what I gather from 31 years in Wisconsin, it seems
>> >that natives generally don't clearly pronounce the /k/; I think we tend
>> >voice it as /g/, but I may be wrong in my analysis (my ears don't
>> >distinguish so well, the lazy fools). Just curious if anyone else has
>> >noticed this or can confirm or correct me.
>> >
>> >Scot
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