Kerry Maxwell


BuzzWord author, and MED Magazine contributor

Kerry has a first degree in computational linguistics and an MA in theoretical linguistics from the University of Manchester, specializing in syntactic theory.

For several years she worked as a researcher at Manchester and Essex universities, where in connection with European projects on machine translation, she was involved in computational lexicography, coordinating research in computational descriptions of compounds and collocations, and presenting her work in various international academic contexts.

In 1993 she joined Cambridge University Press as a lexicographer/editor and grammar consultant, and worked on a large number of Cambridge learner's dictionaries, including the English Pronouncing Dictionary, the Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs and the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary in print and CD-ROM versions.

In June 2001 Kerry moved to York where she now works as a freelance editor/lexicographer and is involved in a range of dictionary and grammar projects.

Among the publications she has contributed to are Advanced Grammar In Use (2nd Edition) and the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary for Cambridge University Press, the COBUILD Elementary English Grammar (2nd Edition) for Collins, Best Practice for Thomson Heinle, and for Macmillan Education: Global, Inside Out, The Business, Language PracticeMacmillan Phrasal Verbs Plus, Macmillan Schools Dictionary, Macmillan Diccionario Pocket and the award-winning Macmillan English Dictionary. As well as being the regular author of the Macmillan Dictionary website's popular BuzzWord column, and MED Magazine's New Word of the Month series, she periodically writes grammar reference material and lesson plans for onestopenglish. She is the author of a book on new words in English, Brave New Words, published by Pan Macmillan.

Most of her spare time is spent looking after her two sons Tom and Sam, though she enjoys walking, swimming and any opportunity to travel!

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