The Life and Work of Richard E. McDorman
Thursday April 27th 2017

About Me

Richard E. McDorman

Richard E. McDorman

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 serve as Chief Academic Officer at Language On, a private language institute in Miami and Miami Beach, Florida. In 2008, I started working with Educational Testing Service as an essay rater for the TOEFL iBT program. From 2007 to 2016, I was Director of Programs and Professional Development at inlingua Florida and still work with with inlingua International in Bern, Switzerland as a curriculum consultant. I am also a freelance translator and language consultant, certified by the American Translators Association (ATA) for translation from Spanish into English.

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.

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