Lynne Murphy is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sussex. Born and raised in New York State, she has held academic positions in South Africa, the US and the UK. Her academic training and publications have concentrated on word meaning and word relations, but her experience as a migrant in English-speaking nations has led her to explore issues of language and culture in the anglosphere. Her alter ego Lynneguist writes the award-winning blog "Separated by a Common Language" and tweets a US-UK Difference of the Day on Twitter. Her most recent book, "The Prodigal Tongue: the love–hate relationship between British and American English" (Oneworld/Penguin 2018) is "a funny and rollicking read" (Economist Books of the Year). "Her love of our living, changing language is infectious" (The New Yorker).