Edward McClelland presents How to Speak Midwestern

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
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ISBN: 9780997774276
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Published: Belt Publishing - December 1st, 2016

"Learning to speak Midwestern: Can there be any more urgent national task? . . . Unto the breach steps Edward McClelland’s How to Speak Midwestern, a dictionary wrapped in some serious dialectology inside a gift book trailing a serious whiff of Relevance. "  —The New York Times

 “A delightful romp through the dialects and vocabulary of the region.” —Lansing City Pulse

Find out what Midwesterners say as well as how and why they say it. In this book on Midwestern speech and slang. McClelland examines the causes of the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, one of the most significant changes in English pronunciation in a thousand years. It explains why the accents in Fargo miss the nasality that’s a hallmark of Minnesota speech, and why Chicagoans talk more like people from Buffalo than their next-door neighbors in Wisconsin. For outsiders, McClelland will include helpful chapters such as “‘Well, That’s Different’: How to Passive-Aggressively Criticize People, Places and Things.” Includes extensive glossaries of Midwestern sayings.

We are very pleased to welcome Edward McClelland, author of Nothin’ But Blue Skies and unofficial champion of the Midwest, as he talks about his newest book How to Speak Midwestern. Amid a string of positive national reviews, the New York Times called it “a dictionary wrapped in some serious dialectology inside a gift book trailing a serious whiff of Relevance.”

Edward McClelland is a journalist whose writing has appeared in publications such as the Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Salon. He is also the author of Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President and Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland. He lives in Chicago.