Richard Allsopp, 1923-2009

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Via the Society for Caribbean Linguistics comes news of the passing of the great linguist and lexicographer Richard Allsopp. He died on June 4 in Barbados at the age of 86. A native of Guyana, Allsopp made signal contributions to the study of Caribbean creoles. He is perhaps best known as the editor of the Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage (1996), a monumental lexicographical project more than 25 years in the making.

You can read more about Allsopp’s life in Starbroek News and the Barbados Advocate.



1 Comment

  1. language hat said,

    June 6, 2009 @ 8:52 am

    I’m very sorry to hear that; the Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage is one of my favorite reference books, and I was just consulting it this morning and thinking how brilliant a work it is.

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