About Richard McDorman
I was born and raised in West Virginia. I went to college in Virginia, and later to graduate school in Chicago and Miami, where I settled down in the late 1990s. I also studied law for two years at Florida State University and translation at New York University. I am a linguist and essayist. I love language, linguistics, and writing about them. I am currently working 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 late 2008, I also started working with Educational Testing Service, as an essay rater for the TOEFL iBT program. In addition to my work in language education administration and language assessment, I am also an ATA-certified translator specializing in translating documents from Spanish, French and Latin into English.
My academic and research interests include historical linguistics, theoretical phonology, English dialectology (especially African-American English), Indo-European studies, neuroscience, anthropology, law and the humanities (among others). You can click here to see which of my publications are currently available for purchase.