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Here comes the book! 

Oneworld (UK): 29 March 2018

Penguin USA: 10 April 2018


Upcoming talks and appearances... 

February 2018
28th/London: How America ‘Saved’ the English Language. emagazine Student Conference for A Level Language, London. Booking required (students and school groups).

April 2018
13th/New York City: details to follow
16th/Boulder, CO: details to follow
23rd/Detroit: details to follow
25th/Champaign-Urbana, IL: details to follow
27th/Chicago: Keynote speechACES: The Society for Editing Conference. Registration required (ACES members).

May 2018
9th/Brighton, UK: Who framed American English? Inaugural professorial lecture.  9 May 2018, 18.00, Chowen Lecture Theatre, Medical School, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton.  Free and open to the public, but requires booking.

June 2018
16th/London: ITI conference  (details to follow)

July 2018
9th/London: English Grammar Day. British Library. Registration details to follow.  
10th/Brighton, UK: Linguistics for everybody! Communicating with the public about languageCHASE Postgraduate Linguistics Conference. Registration details to follow.
17-20th/London: Collywobbles and poppycock: Indexing Britishness for American audiences. International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) conference. (Conference registration required)
Sept 2018
8th-10th/Lancaster, UK: UK v US English (workshop). Society for Editors and Proofreaders conference. (conference registration required)

Fairly new... 

Word on the Street: The many ingredients of "mulling"Wall Street Journal, 16 Dec 2017
When British authors write American dialogue...or try to, by James Ledbetter. The New Yorker (Oct 2017)
One tweet in the life of Donald J. Trump, by Ben Yagoda. Lingua Franca, Chronicle of Higher Education (Oct 2017)
Down with Romance (Languages!). The Odditorium (podcast). (Oct 2017, recorded Feb 2016)

Less new... 


What do we really mean when we say please? Sussex University promo (2016)
Numbers confuse Americans. Numberphile (2013)
Is it math or maths? Numberphile (2013)
American and British politeness. TEDx Sussex (2012)

Podcasts/archived radio

Americanize!  BBC Radio 4. (2017) 
Like totally awesome
: the Americanisation of English
. Word of Mouth. BBC Radio 4 (2017)
Words of 2016
. The Verb. BBC Radio 3. (2016)
Universal Grammar
(re D. Trump's language, Word of the Week segment). Talk the Talk (2016)
and Continental. The Allusionist (2016)
The Lexicon (maths).
Relatively Prime (2016)
Little Tiny Words
(about the word the). The Odditorium (2015)
Dictionary cultures
. The Verb. BBC Radio 3 (2014)
What an excellent thing is English pudding
. Eat Feed (2014)
Britishisms in American English, with Ben Yagoda
. Today Programme (2013)
How British and American First Meetings Differ
(discussion of blog post). A Way with Words (2012)
Separated by a Common Language
. Emphasis Writing Communication Lab (2012)
Twanging with Lynneguist,
part 1 and part 2. The World in Words. (2011)


Word-lover Interview. Collins Dictionary Blog (2014)
Shop talk. The Chicago Manual of Style Online (2013)
Random Nomad. The Displaced Nation (2012)

Guest blogging / writing for general audiences

Linguistics explains why Trump sounds racist when he says "The African-Americans" Quartz (2016)
When is bacon not bacon? Cambridge Extra (2016)
(Un)separated by a common language? Cambridge Extra (2016)
Do you speak American? Lingo: the language magazine for young people (2015)
How different are British and American attitudes to dictionaries? OxfordWords (2014)
Ten differences between UK and US English. Emphasis Writing E-bulletin (2012)
Missing Freshman Comp. Lingua Franca, Chronicle of Higher Education (2012)
I'm having a blogsistential crisis. LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog (2012)
Accidental drifting: small talk in the UK. Macmillan Dictionary Blog (2012)

Quoted in news items

On Britishisms in American English
Is the end of the line? Why Americans have started to say 'queue'. Daily Mail (2014)
Americans Have Started Saying "Queue." Blame Netflix. New Republic (2014)
Who are you calling a minger? The Sunday Times (2012)
Americans are Barmy over Britishisms. New York Times (2012)
Are you an Anglocreep? The Atlantic. (2012)

On Americanisms in British English
Fears of British English's disappearing are overblown, by RLG. The Economist (July 2017)
An American racial slur crosses the AtlanticThe Atlantic (July 2017)
Totally awesome: seven ways you use Americanisms every day. BBC Radio 4 (2017) 

On British–American intercultural communication
Why British English is full of silly-sounding wordsBBC Culture (June 2017)
Three tips for surviving a British workplaceBBC Capital (2017)
 Deciphering Duchess Kate's British English. The Today Show. (2013)

The power of the comma. The Economist (2017) 

Disinterested is a more flexible word than many think The Times (2016)
The fascinating lexicography of a dirty adjective Slate (2016)
Lost Slangisms from the 1800s. NPR History Dept (2015)
Is Using “Woman” as an Adjective Demeaning? New Republic (2014)
Why we love the language police. Boston Globe (2014)
Sheryl Sandberg is right about “bossy”; This data proves it. New Republic (2014)
Ukraine, not The Ukraine: The significance of three little letters. TIME (2014)

Academic publishing

Antonyms in English (Cambridge University Press, 2012) with Steven Jones, Carita Paradis & Caroline Willners
Lexical Meaning (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Key Terms in Semantics (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2010) with Anu Koskela
Semantic Relations and the Lexicon (Cambridge University Press, 2003)
for other recent academic publications, see Sussex University Research Online

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AmE = American English
BrE = British English
OED = Oxford English Dictionary (online)