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About PRI


dr. william labov

Bill Labov is Professor of Linguistics and Psychology at Penn. From 1977 on, he has taught academically based service learning courses, L160 Introduction to African American and Latino English, and L161, The Sociolinguistics of Reading.

With the help of students in these courses, he has developed The Reading Road, a tutorial program for struggling readers. Labov is the author of most of the stories in this program, which draw upon his work in the inner city communities of New York and Philadelphia from 1966 to the present.

He is the one of the principal researchers on African-American Vernacular English, and the author of Language in the Inner City (1972), Principles of Linguistic Change (1994, 2001) and the Atlas of North American English (2006).

Labov is also a senior author of Houghton-Mifflin’s PORTALS, an intervention program for Grades 4-8.