American Speech 78.1 (2003) iv
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Valerie Fridland is assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is currently involved in research supported by the National Science Foundation measuring the production and perception of vowel changes in Southern American dialects. She also researches the relationship between Southern white varieties of English and African American dialects nationally.
David Bowie is assistant professor of linguistics and English language at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on the development of language varieties in response to both internal and external stimuli, with a particular interest in quantitative analysis and modeling of changes over time.
Anita Henderson is director of academic affairs and advising for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, writing her dissertation on attitudes toward African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in the workplace. She continues her research in linguistics in the areas of language attitudes, AAVE, and the use of standard English and AAVE by middle-class African Americans.
David Faflik is a doctoral candidate in American literature and American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include the social and literary histories of New York City in the decades prior to the Civil War.