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Rickford, John R. 2016. Labov's contributions to the study of African American Vernacular English: Pursuing linguistic and social equity. Journal of Sociolinguistics 20 (4) : 561–580.
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This paper surveys Labov's contributions to African American Vernacular English (AAVE)'s traits, verbal artistry, use, and (later) evolution, and to how linguistics could serve to enhance reading instruction for vernacular English speakers and colored people's life chances. This notably enhanced his entire contribution to theoretical, methodological and applied sociolinguistic facets and research on language variation and change.