Events and Media

Oneworld (UK): 29 March 2018

Penguin USA: 10 April 2018

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Most book-related media/writing things (2018-19) are listed on the book site.
Here's a selection of some other things I've done:


That Word Chat (interview, 2020) 
How America Saved the English Language Bavard Bar (2019)
Who framed American English? Inaugural professorial lecture (2018) 
Interview ACES conference (2018)
American and British English Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders (2018)
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

British vs. American English and Behavior w/ Dr. Lynne Murphy. Oh, I See. (2021)
A Linguist's Journey Across The Trans-Atlantic English Divide. Here & Now. NPR. (2018) Americanize!  BBC Radio 4. (2017) 
Like totally awesome
: the Americanisation of English
. Word of Mouth. BBC Radio 4 (2017)

Down with Romance (Languages!). The Odditorium (podcast). (2017, recorded Feb 2016) 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)

My writing for general audiences

Terribly sorry – but Britain’s famed politeness may be a myth. Guardian (2018)
Word on the Street: The many ingredients of "mulling"Wall Street Journal (2017)
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  

(I no longer keep this section up-to-date: you can google it!)
On Britishisms in American English
When British authors write American dialogue...or try to, by James Ledbetter. The New Yorker (Oct 2017)
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
How America saved old-fashioned English Grammar. The Economist (2019)
Ize on the Prize. Guardian (2019)
Advocating for. Financial Times (2019)
Fears of British English's disappearing are overblown. 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)

On US politics and language
Asian Americans Again Confront the Question of Who 'Counts' as Asian. Time (2020)

One tweet in the life of Donald J. Trump, Chronicle of Higher Education (2017)
From Horse Racing to 'Extreme Vetting'. Wall Street Journal (2017)
The cowardice of asking "what happened" on election night. Slate (2016)
How Trump Uses 'the' to distance minorities from white people. Attn: (2016)
Why Trump's language reveals his racist attitudes. The National Memo (2016)
Foreign reporters can't translate him: why Trump's hyperbolic speech fascinates linguists. National Post (2016)
Why Donald Trump says the before African Americans and Latinos. Vox (2016)

On UK politics and language
Will Brexit spell the end of English as an official EU language? Guardian (2020)
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Is he right to ban these words? BBC News (2019)

The c-word. Guardian (2019)
Is the the most important word in English?  BBC Culture (2020)
What is Nomophobia? Newsweek (2019)
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 my Google Scholar Profile or Sussex University Research Online

The book!

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