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Personal profile

Rakesh M. Bhatt received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois. He is now Professor of Linguistics and SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education) at the University of Illinois. He is a former director of the Program in SLATE and associate director of the Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois. He specializes in sociolinguistics of language contact, in particular, issues of migration, minorities and multilingualism, code-switching, language ideology, and world Englishes. The empirical focus of his work has been on South Asian languages; particularly, Kashmiri, Hindi, and Indian English. His study, Verb Movement and the Syntax of Kashmiri (1999, Kluwer Academic Press), was published in the prestigious series, Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. He has also co-authored another book, World Englishes (2008, Cambridge University Press). He is the author of essays in the Journal of Sociolinguistics, Annual Review of Anthropology, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Lingua, World Englishes, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Research, English Language and Linguistics and other venues. Heis working on a book-length manuscript, under contract with CambridgeUniversity Press, on the sociolinguistic patterns of subordination ofKashmiri language in Diaspora.

Research Interests

Applied Linguistics: Migration, Minorities, and Multilingualism
Language Ideology, Planning, Maintenance and Shift
World Englishes; Language Learning, Teaching, and Use of Second/Non-native Languages
Heritage Language Acquisition and Use
Formal Linguistics: Indo-Aryan Syntax, Syntax of Language Contact and Language Variation

Professional Information

Applied Linguistics:

•  Migration, Minorities, and Multilingualism
•  Language Contact and Code-switching
•  Language Ideology, Planning, Maintenance and Shift
•  World Englishes
•  Heritage Language Acquisition and Use

FormalLinguistics:

Indo-Aryan SyntaxSyntax of Language Contact and Language Variation

Current Projects

Language Contact in DiasporaSociolinguistic Grammars of Bilingual Language Use

Publications

Books

(Forthcoming)  Language in Diaspora. Under contract, Cambridge University Press. (2008) World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic Varieties, Cambridge University Press (with R.Mesthrie). (1999) Verb Movement and the Syntax of Kashmiri, Kluwer Academic Press.

Selected Recent Book Chapters and Journal Articles

ForthcomingDifferential Object Marking in Spanish, Hindi and Romanian as heritage languages Language.  (with S. Montrul and R. Girju)World Englishes and language ideologies.  In M. Filppula, J. Klemola, and D. Sharma (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of World Englishes.  New York: Oxford University Press.

2014

Argument Licensing in Optimal Switches. In Jeff MacSwan (ed.) Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Code-switching.  Cambridge. Mass.: MIT Press.

2013

Optimization in bilingual language use.  Response to Pieter Muysken’s keynote article: Language contact outcomes as a result of bilingual optimization strategies.  Bilingualism: Language & Cognition16.4, 740-742.

2012

Erosion of case and agreement in Hindi heritage speakers. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 2.2, 141-176.  (with Silvina Montrul and Archana Bhatia) 2011Code-switching and the optimal grammar of bilingual language use.  Bilingualism: Language and Cognition14.4, 1-25. (with A. Bolonyai)

Education

Ph.D. Linguistics, specialization in Syntax, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1994
M.A. Linguistics; specialization in Sociolinguistics, University of Pittsburgh, 1987

Honors & Awards

NSF Grant # 0917593 Differential Object Marking in Spanish, Hindi and Romanian Heritage Speakers (co-PI with Silvina Montrul [PI], Roxana Girju [Co-PI])
Center for Advanced Study Associate Award, AY 2010/2011
American Institute of Indian Studies' Senior Short Term Research Fellowship 2004

Grants

NSF 3-year grant on Heritage Language grammars

Teaching

Introduction to Sopciolinguistics (Ling 450)
Language in Globalization (Ling 111)
Ling 400: Introduction to Linguistics
Ling 560: Seminar on Bilingualism
Ling 587: Code-switching: Form and Function
Ling 555: Sociolinguistics of World Englishes

Office Address

Linguistics
4088 Foreign Lang Bl
707 S Mathews
M/C 168
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

Case marking in Hindi as the weaker language

Montrul, S., Bhatia, A., Bhatt, R. & Puri, V., 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, MAR, 461.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • The poetics and politics of Englishes in late modernity

    Bhatt, R. M., Mar 1 2019, In : World Englishes. 38, 1-2, p. 41-52 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Situating world Englishes into a history of English course

    Bhatt, R. M., Jan 1 2017, Approaches to Teaching the History of the English Language: Pedagogy in Practice. Oxford University Press, p. 273-284 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Coactivation: The portmanteau constructions in bilingual grammar

    Bhatt, R. M., Nov 1 2016, In : Bilingualism. 19, 5, p. 877-878 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Differential Object Marking in Spanish, Hindi, and Romanian as Heritage Languages

    Montrul, S., Bhatt, R. & Girju, R., Sep 1 2015, In : Language. 91, 3, p. 564-610 47 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 6 Invited talk
    • 4 Editorial activity

    World Englishes (Journal)

    Rakesh Mohan Bhatt (Editor)

    19961999

    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Indian Englishes: From Post-Colonial to Late-Modern

    Rakesh Mohan Bhatt (Invited speaker)

    Apr 2013

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Mouton de Gruyter (Publisher)

    Rakesh Mohan Bhatt (Editor)

    20052011

    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Variability, Mobility, and Multilingualism

    Rakesh Mohan Bhatt (Invited speaker)

    Mar 30 2012

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Journal of Sociolinguistics (Journal)

    Rakesh Mohan Bhatt (Editor)

    20102013

    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity