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Mary Kohn, Speaker

Associate professor of English and director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto: Evolution of Language in Kansas

We’ve all heard that newscasters are trained to speak with a Midwest accent— the so-called “accent from nowhere.” In fact, language reflects people, history, and community. It is intimately tied to our immigrant past, a foundation that, surprisingly, is always changing. This talk will examine the ways language has changed in Kansas over the past hundred years through the examination of archival and contemporary oral history. 

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(828) 337-4003

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