Salikoko Mufwene

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Salikoko Mufwene is a linguist born in Mbaya-Lareme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is the Frank J. McLoraine Distinguished Service Professor of linguistics at the University of Chicago. He has worked extensively on the development of creole languages, on the morphosyntax of Bantu languages, especially Kituba, Lingala, and Kiyansi (which he speaks natively[1]), and on African American Vernacular English.[2] He received his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago in 1979.


  • Mufwene, Salikoko; Steever, Sanford; Walker, Carol (1976). Papers from the Twelfth Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. Chicago Linguistic Society. 
  • Mufwene, Salikoko; Rickford, John; Bailey, Guy; Baugh, John (1998). African-American English. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-11732-1. 
  • Mufwene, Salikoko (2001). The ecology of language evolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-511-01934-3. 
  • Mufwene, Salikoko (2008). Language Evolution: Contact, Competition and Change. Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8264-9370-X. 


  1. ^ Chaudenson, Robert (2001). "Focus on Creolist: Salikoko S. Mufwene Mufwene". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Salikoko S. Mufwene". The University of Chicago Department of Linguistics. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

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