Marla Perkins, Ph.D., is a linguist specializing in pragmatics and syntactic discourse analysis with significant side forays in semantics, sociolinguistics, cognitive geography, literary linguistics, and the cognitive sciences. She received her doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is an internationally recognized scholar. She has taught linguistics and English on four continents to students ranging in age from four to eighty-one, among whom her quirky style and wide-ranging interests help to maintain students’ interest and guide the relevance of language learning and linguistic analysis to students’ individual needs and interests. She conducts field research in Indonesia among the Hobongan in order to work toward language documentation and preservation. She also provides linguistic consulting services to various individual and corporate clients. In her spare time, as if that were possible, she enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, traveling, creating fine art using watercolor and ink, and playing piano and cello, but not simultaneously.