Rickford, John

Using the Vernacular to Teach the Standard

Text from a 1998 talk by linguist John Rickford, which presents data on the failure of schools to teach SAE when they ignore the vernacular, and demonstrates how a knowledge of the grammar of AAE is important for teaching speakers of it. Factors in class. [Published on 03-25-1998]

Rachel Jeantel's Language in the George Zimmerman Trial

A guest post on Language Log by John Rickford on the media's reaction to the use of AAE in the testimony of Rachel Jeantel in the 2013 George Zimmerman trial.

Posted by Kara Becker on July 11, 2013

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Language on Trial: Rachel Jeantel

A 2013 interview on NPR's Here and Now with sociolinguist John Rickford about the testimony of Rachel Jeantel, a speaker of Haitian Creole, Spanish, and African American English, during the George Zimmerman trial.