Julie A. Tetel

Julie A. Tetel

Professor Emerita of English

External Address: 
303 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
(919) 681-7610

Julie Tetel (Andresen) writes in the field of linguistic historiography, focusing on French, German, and American theories of language from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. She is the author of Linguistics in America 1769-1924: A Critical History (Routledge, 1990, paperback edition 1996). She is currently writing a manuscript entitled Observing Linguistics to be finished in 2004. She served for five years as the Director of the Duke Univeristy-University of Bucharest, Romania Faculty Exchange. Between 1985 and 1997 she published sixteen historical novels with mass-market publishers. In 1997 she founded her own publishing company, with two imprints: Generation Books (non-fiction) and Madeira Books (fiction).


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1980
  • M.A., University of Illinois -- Urbana-Champaign 1975
  • B.A., Duke University 1972

Tetel, J. A., and Phillip M. Carter. Languages of the World. An Introduction through Culture and Cognition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

Tetel, J. A. Linguistics and Evolution. A Developmental Systems Theory Approach. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Tetel, J. A. Linguistics in America 1769-1924: A Critical History. Routledge; paperback edition, December, 1995, 1990.

Tetel, J. A. “Historiography’s contribution to theoretical linguistics.” Chomskyan Evolutions and Revolutions: Essays in Honor of E.F.K. Koerner, edited by Douglas Kibbee, John Benjamins, 2010, pp. 443–69.

Tetel, J. A. “Pragmatism, Behaviorism, and the Evolutionary Script.” C. S. Peirce Papers, 1998.

Tetel, J. A. “Whitney und Bloomfield: Abweichungen und Ubereinstimmungen.” History and Historiography of Linguistics, edited by H. Niederehe and K. Koerner, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1990, pp. 807–19.

Tetel, J. A. “Historiographic Observations on a Current Issue in American Linguistics.” Papers in the History of Linguistics, edited by H. Aarsleff et al., 1987.

Tetel, J. A. “Images des langues americaines au XVIIIe siecle.” L’homme Des Lumieres et La Decouverte de l’autre, edited by P. Gossiaux and D. Droixhe, University of Brussels, 1985, pp. 135–45.

Tetel, J. A. “Debris et histoire dans la theorie linguistique au XVIII siecle.” Materiaux Pour Une Histoire Des Theories Linguistiques, edited by S. Auroux et al., Presses Universitaires de Lille, 1984, pp. 379–87.

Tetel, J. A. “Langage naturel et artifice linguistique.” Condillac et Les Problemes Du Langage, Ed. J. Sgard, 275-88. Geneva: Slatkine, 1982.

Tetel, J. A. “From Condillac to Condorcet: The Algebra of History.” Studies in the History of Linguistics 20, edited by E. F. K. Koerner, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1980, pp. 189–98.

Tetel, J. A. “Toward a history of American Linguistics.” Language, vol. 86, Linguistics Society of America, 2010.

Tetel, J. A. “William Dwight Whitney in Perspective.” Metascience, 2006.

Tetel, J. A. “L’ecole americaine.” Histoire Des Idees Linguistiques, edited by S. Auroux, vol. 3, 1998.

Tetel, J. A. “The Contemporary Linguistic Meets the Postmodernist.” Beitrage Zur Geschichte Der Sprachwissenschaft, vol. 2, 1992, pp. 213–23.

Tetel, J. A. “The Behaviorist Turn in Recent Theories about Language.” Behavior and Philosophy, vol. 20, 1992, pp. 1–19.

Tetel, J. A. “On Genetic Encoding and Communication.” Language and Communication, vol. 11, 1991, pp. 29–32.

Tetel, J. A. “Skinner and Chomsky Thirty Years Later.” Historiographia Linguistica, vol. 17, 1990, pp. 145–65.

Tetel, J. A. “Review of G.A. Wells’s The Origins of Language. Aspects of the Discussion from Condillac to Wundt (1987).” Historiographia Linguistica, vol. XVII, 1990, pp. 411–17.

Tetel, J. A. “The Ideologues, Condillac and the Politics of Sign Theory.” Semiotica, vol. 72, 1988, pp. 271–90.


Selected Grants

(98-0241) Travel Support for International Symposium on Autopoiesis awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1998