Lorenzo Dow Turner

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Lorenzo Dow Turner : father of Gullah studies

By Margaret Wade-Lewis. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, c2007.

This fascinating biography of celebrated linguist, Dr. Lorenzo Dow Turner (1890-1972), appropriately written by a linguistics professor, features eight plates of black and white photos of Dr. Turner and his family from different stages of his life. The author, Dr. Margaret Wade-Lewis, was Director of the Linguistics Program at SUNY New Paltz and was the first African American woman to earn a PhD in linguistics from NYU. Dr. Turner’s widow, Lois Turner Williams, contributed the introduction to the book. A Harvard graduate, Dr. Turner performed seminal research on the Gullah language, used uniquely by descendants of freed slaves in the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia.

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