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Name: Gerard  Van Herk
Institution: Memorial University
Email: click here to access email
State and/or Country: NL
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
Selected Publications: S marks the spot? Regional variation and early African American correspondence; 'Deformed in the dialects': An alternative history of non-standard English; Barbadian lects: Beyond meso; The question question: Inversion in Early African American English; Rewriting the past: Bare verbs in the Ottawa Repository of Early African Americ an Correspondence. 
Announced on LINGUIST :  What Is Sociolinguistics?
 Data Collection in Sociolinguistics
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Data Collection in Sociolinguistics
Courses Taught: Variation and Change, Phonetics, TESL, Fran├žais de l'Ontario, Sociolinguistics, Intro Linguistics, SLA, Variationist approaches to SLA
Dissertation Abstract: A Message from the Past: Past temporal reference in early African American letters
Reviewer of: Review of Gorlach, English in 19th century (LL Issue 12.485)
Sociolinguistics: Chambers, Trudgill, and Schilling-Estes, eds. (2002) (LL Issue 14.391)
Academic Paper Abstract: S marks the spot? Regional variation and early African American

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