I was born and raised in West Virginia. I went to college at the University of Virginia, where I studied linguistics, and then to graduate school at the University of Chicago (linguistics) and the University of Miami (ancient history and philosophy). I settled down in South Florida in the late 1990s. Afterwards, I studied translation at New York University and applied linguistics at Penn State. I am a linguist and essayist. I love language, linguistics, and writing about them (to review my complete academic and professional background, view or download my curriculum vitae).
I currently work full-time as a professional development coordinator, program director, and linguist for a large international language services company in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where I have worked since 2003. In 2008, I also started working with Educational Testing Service as an essay rater for the TOEFL iBT program. In addition to my work with inlingua and ETS, I am also a freelance translator and language consultant, certified by the American Translators Association (ATA) for translation from Spanish into English, and provide expert advice, management consulting and curriculum development for English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and language institutes.
My academic and research interests include theoretical, applied and historical linguistics; phonetics and phonology; English dialectology (especially African-American English); Indo-European studies; neuroscience; anthropology; and the humanities. You can review my complete bibliography here, or see which of my works are currently available for purchase. To learn about my philosophy of teaching English as a second language, explore my views on selected aspects of applied linguistics or review samples of my work in the field, please visit my TESOL portfolio and blog.