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From the Publisher"This exhaustive and compelling study includes numerous charts,tables, and figures that aid comprehension. Strongly recommendedfor advanced sociolinguists." Choice
"[African American Eglish in the Diaspora] constitutes both atreasure of information and an indispensable tool for linguisticinvestigation." Canadian Journal of Linguistics
"The present reviewer, accustomed to the scarcity of datapresented by colleagues and scholars engaged in building hypotheseson the diachronic French connections in the Americas, popular,vernacular or creole, and to the paucity of the methodologicalapparatus exhibited, found this reading of Poplack andTagliamonte's book a veritable delight; it is a welcome model inour field." The Carrier Pidgin
"This book is a milestone in the development of the historicaland evolutionary approach to linguistic analysis. I would like tothink that this clear demonstration ...would close at least onechapter in the history of the creole controversies. . . Poplack andTagliamonte have done a splendid job of bringing people back intothe study of change and variation."
William Labov, University of Pennsylvania.
"From now on, no serious inquiry into the nature and history ofAfrican-American Vernacular English can afford not to use this bookas a benchmark. At last, a thorough and closely reasoned case thatdespite this dialect's current status as a crucial marker ofAfrican-American identity, its main roots are in GreatBritain."
John McWhorter, University of California atBerkeley.
"African American English in the Diaspora is well researched,easy to read, and a significant contribution to understanding theimpact of social relations on the linguistic development of AfricanAmerican English in the Diaspora. The original research goes beyonda linguistic study, it is a treasure for historians as well."
Patrick Kakembo, Director of African Canadian ServicesDivision, Department of Education, Nova Scotia.