About the Author
Lynne Murphy studied linguistics at the Universities of Massachusetts (BA, 1987) and Illinois (PhD, 1995). Before moving to England, she lived in New York and worked at universities in South Africa and Texas. She is now a Reader in Linguistics in the School of English at the University of Sussex and has 25 years of experience in making the analysis of language accessible to a wide range of audiences. In her academic career, she has authored or co-authored four books. She is the author of the award-winning blog, Separated by a Common Language.