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American Speech 76.4 (2001) iii

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Contributors' Column

Ceil Lucas is professor of linguistics in the Department of ASL, Linguistics, and Interpretation at Gallaudet University. She has coauthored, with Clayton Valli, Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction (3d ed., Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet Univ. Press, 2001) and Language Contact in the American Deaf Community (San Diego: Academic, 1992). She is director of a National Science Foundation project and series editor of Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities.

Robert Bayley is professor of sociolinguistics in the Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His publications include Sociolinguistic Variation in American Sign Language, with Ceil Lucas and Clayton Valli (Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet Univ. Press, 2001); Language as Cultural Practice: Mexicanos en el norte, with Sandra R. Schecter (Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum, 2002); and numerous articles on sociolinguistics and second-language acquisition.

Ruth Reed, multicultural specialist at the Kendell Demonstration Elementary School on the campus of Gallaudet University, went to the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville and holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Gallaudet University.

Alyssa Wulf, Ph.D. candidate in linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, holds a master's degree in linguistics from Gallaudet University. She has presented conference papers and contributed to Lucas, Bayley, and Valli's Sociolinguistic Variation in American Sign Language (2001).

Benjamin Torbert, Ph.D. candidate in English linguistics at Duke University, is research assistant for the North Carolina Language and Life Project at North Carolina State University and winner of the 2000 SECOL Reza Ordubadian Award. His current project involves past-tense irregularity in the dialects of North Carolina and the Bahamas.

Edgar W. Schneider is professor of English at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He has written and edited several books and published widely on the dialectology, sociolinguistics, history, semantics, and varieties of English and edits the journal English World-Wide and an associated book series.

Michael B. Montgomery is professor emeritus of English at the University of South Carolina, where he taught from 1981 to 1999. He has recently finished a dictionary of southern Appalachian English and has for more than a decade been engaged in studying transatlantic linguistic connections between Ireland, Scotland, and colonial America.



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