Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1993 12:30:09 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: Diversity of accents Yes, I agree with you, Cynthia. I am shocked by the statement attributed to William Stewart... but he also once believed in African American Vernacular English being the result of decreolization from a Gullah-like variety presumably once spoken by all African Americans (i.e., ancestors of those we know today)! In any case... Salikoko S. Mufwene Linguistics, U. of Chicago s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531