Author Archives for Julie Tetel Andresen

African American Vernacular English

African American Vernacular English

February 19, 2018 1:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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

#metoo: Yoohoo, Over Here!

February 16, 2018 11:55 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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


Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day February 6, 2018

February 5, 2018 11:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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


Foreign Accent Syndrome

Foreign Accent Syndrome: Is It Real?

January 30, 2018 4:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Foreign Accent Syndrome? I learned about it yesterday while watching a stand-up special on Netflix, and Tom Segura told a joke about it. Immediate google search. It seems Foreign Accent Syndrome is a thing – a rare neurological condition with no known cause and no known cure. The syndrome apparently made headlines... read more


endangered languages

Endangered Languages: A Health Issue

January 26, 2018 1:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Endangered languages are intertwined with world-wide social, physical and mental health issues. I offer three examples: Endangered Languages #1: The Case of Mayan in Guatemala An already-available  February 2018 issue of The Lancet, a well-known medical journal, has an article concerning endangered languages and the health outcomes of their speakers... read more