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American Speech 77.4 (2002) ii

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Contributors' Column

Roger W. Shuy is distinguished research professor of linguistics, emeritus, at Georgetown University, where he taught for 30 years. He has conducted research on language variability, literacy, medical discourse, classroom language, and, for the past 25 years, the intersection of language and law. His most recent book is Linguistics Battles in Trademark Disputes (New York: Palgrave, forthcoming).

Charles T. Scott is professor of English, emeritus, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was director of the Program in English as a Second Language for 22 years, chairman of the English Department for 4 years, and a colleague of Frederic G. Cassidy through all 37 years of his tenure at Wisconsin.

Michael Adams is professor of English and chair of the English Department at Albright College. He edits Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America. His Slayer Slang: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and American English is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Peter L. Patrick is professor of sociolinguistics at the University of Essex. He grew up in Jamaica and is author of Urban Jamaican Creole (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1999).

Esther Figueroa was born and raised at the University of the West Indies. She has degrees in history, Chinese, and linguistics. Her book Sociolinguistic Metatheory (Oxford: Elsevier, 1994) shows her interests in historiography, philosophy, and linguistics theory. She is currently working with Peter L. Patrick on kiss-teeth, a prominent discourse marker in West African and African diasporic speech. She lives in Hawai'i, where she runs Juniroa Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company.

Luanne von Schneidemesser is senior editor for the Dictionary of American Regional English. She has published on soda/pop, the lexicon of children's games, and German influence on American English. She is executive secretary of the Dictionary Society of North America, chair of the Council of Administrative Offices of the American Council of Learned Societies, and a member of the ACLS Board of Directors.

George Goebel has been an assistant editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English since 1983, except for a two-year stint as assistant professor of classics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.



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