Evelyn Clark Farbman grew up speaking the English of the northeast corner of the USA. She became interested in variations of the language when she spent one early year in Scotland and another one in India. At Cornell University, she majored in English and minored in Anthropology and French. Her graduate work at the University of Western Ontario was in English literature, and later she studied topics in linguistics and ESL pedagogy. She worked in social service programs before settling in for thirty years at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she taught basic writing, ESL, composition, and literature. She played leadership roles in Student Learning Assessment, ESL, and Developmental Education, wrote poetry and two grammar books, and contributed collegially to drafting and editing several thousand pages of documents. In retirement, she has focused on issues of literacy and educational mobility, which provide context for the revision of Sentence Sense.