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Forthcoming book sold to Penguin USA and Oneworld (UK) publishers
NEH announces $1.7 million for “public scholars”
Sussex linguist receives humanities grant

Upcoming talks, interviews

Language lovers or linguistic authorities? Contrasts in British and American dictionary cultures'. Dictionary Society ofNorth America Conference, Barbados, 9–11 June 2017. (conference registration required)

'How American is the Future?' as part of the panel Tomorrow's English Today: Problems in predicting the linguistic future. English Shared Futures, Newcastle upon Tyne, 6 July 2017. (conference registration required)

'Thanks for your attention: thanking behaviour in British and American email corpora.' International Pragmatics Association Conference, Belfast. 16–21 July.  (conference registration required)

'Please accept my appreciation: A corpus-pragmatic investigation of thanking behaviour in British and American emails.' Corpus Linguistics 2017, Birmingham. 24–28 July. (conference registration required)

Workshop: 'Transatlantic traps'. Society for Editors and Proofreaders 28th Annual Conference. Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire, 16–18 Sept (conference registration required)


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

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)
Please 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 & 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

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
Totally awesome: seven ways you use Americanisms every day. BBC Radio 4 (2017) 

On British–American intercultural communication
Three tips for surviving a British workplace BBC Capital (2017)
 Deciphering Duchess Kate's British English. The Today Show. (2013)

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)