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Bloomfield Book Award to UNC Linguistics Alums

The Linguistic Society of America announced that this year's Leonard Bloomfield Book Award has been given to African American Language, a book co-authored by several prominent scholars including two alumnae of the UNC Linguistics program, Mary Kohn (PhD 2013) and Jennifer Renn (MA 2005), as well as Walt Wolfram, a distinguished professor at NC State. The book makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of African American Language and its speakers. Through a longitudinal study of sixty-seven speakers of African American Language from infancy to adulthood, the book tracks language change and innovation as well as the construction of identity and negotiation of social capital through language.