African American Vernacular English

African American Vernacular English

February 19, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
African American Vernacular English is also known as Black Vernacular English. For many decades now linguists have studied African American Vernacular English, and their most significant finding about this particular variety of English is that it is not a defective or inferior form of Standard English. It is variety in… read more

#metoo: Yoohoo, Over Here!

February 16, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
Two days ago was the first Valentine’s Day since the #metoo movement began. This point was made on Real Time With Bill Maher last Friday (February 9) in anticipation of the 14th. Listen to the exchange between Bill Maher and Bari Weiss, a columnist at the New York Times: Real Time With… read more
Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2018

February 13, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Time for a gift to my readers (see link below). It’s also the day when exactly what was said about it the year before is trotted out again: Valentine’s Day: Origin Saint Valentine was martyred on February 14, 269 AD by order of Emperor Claudius II…. read more
Māori language

The Future of the Māori Language – a travel blog

February 9, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori ‘Learn the Māori language’ Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori is the theme of New Zealand’s official Māori language week for 2018. Since 1975 the government has sponsored such weeks as part of the effort to keep Māori alive. How is the effort going?  Māori language… read more
Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day February 6, 2018

February 5, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
Safer Internet Day started in 2004 as a European Union SafeBorders project. It is celebrated on the first Tuesday of February by about 100 countries worldwide. The US joined the campaign in 2013. Ahead of Safer Internet Day the Journal of British Social Work has just published an article on… read more
black women's humor

Black Women’s Humor: Sass and No Sass

February 1, 2018
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
This week J Finley of Middlebury College gave a fantastic talk entitled “Yaaas but no. Black Women’s Sass as a Discourse Genre.” It got me thinking about black women’s humor in general. First, J Finley defines sass: It is a response to pressure to stay in one’s place. It is a… read more