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William Labov

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We focus upon pairs of words very often which are the same in some areas and different in other areas.

— William Labov

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And instead of getting a pepper-and-salt effect, we find very clear and sharp divisions between the dialects of the United States, which are getting more different from each other as time goes on.

— William Labov

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But unlike European countries, America has never finished a map of the United States, only the eastern United States is covered and a few spots here and there.

— William Labov

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However, research in the years that followed found that in many of its important features, African American Vernacular English was becoming not less, but more different from other dialects.

— William Labov

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I am now completing research supported by NSF and NEH that is mapping changes in the English language through all of North America, for both mainstream and minority communities.

— William Labov

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It appears that the present-day form of African American English is not the inheritance of the period of slavery, but the creation of the second half of the 20th century.

— William Labov

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Well, American dialects have been studied for a hundred years or so.

— William Labov

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About William Labov

Did you know about William Labov?

In the late 1960s and early 1970s his studies of the linguistic features of African American Vernacular English (AAVE) were also influential: he argued that AAVE should not be stigmatized as substandard but respected as a variety of English with its own grammatical rules. Biography
Born in Rutherford New Jersey he studied at Harvard (1948) and worked as an industrial chemist (1949–61) before turning to linguistics. He taught at Columbia (1964–70) before becoming a professor of linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania (1971) and then became director of the university's Linguistics Laboratory (1977).

William Labov (pron. He has been described as "an enormously original and influential figure who has created much of the methodology" of sociolinguistics.

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