“Tee-ups have probably been around as long as language, experts say. They seem to be used with equal frequency by men and women, although there aren’t major studies of the issue. Their use may be increasing as a result of social media, where people use phrases such as “I am thinking that…” or “As far as I know…” both to avoid committing to a definitive position and to manage the impression they make in print.”
Tiffany Judy is a native of South Dakota. In 2013, she completed her doctoral studies in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Here at Wake, Tiffany teaches courses in Spanish and Linguistics for the Romance Languages, the Graduate Program in Interpreting and Translation Studies and and the Interdisciplinary Linguistics Minor. Her research focuses on adult second language acquisition of Spanish and other languages. Recent and current projects include the acquisition of Spanish by native Farsi speakers and an edited volume examining the acquisition of Spanish by less-commonly studied languages published in February 2015!
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