Department of Linguistics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Dr. Rakesh Mohan Bhatt

Associate Head
Admissions Director
Professor of Linguistics
Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education
Professor of LAS Global Studies
Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Center for Global Studies
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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    Urbana, IL 61801
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Research Interests

Sociolinguistics of globalization

language contact

World Englishes

Current Projects

  • Language contact in Diaspora
  • Bilingual Grammar
  • Publications


    • Language Contact and Diaspora. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
    • Mesthrie, R. , and Rakesh Bhatt. World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic Varieties. Cambridge University Press , 2008.
    • Verb Movement and the Syntax of Kashmiri. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999.

    Book Contributions

    • "Unraveling Postcolonial Identities through Language." Handbook of Language and Globalization. Oxford: Blackwell, 2010.

    Journal Articles

    • Bhatt, Rakesh. "In Other Words: Language Mixing, Identity Representations, and Third Space.." Journal of Sociolinguistics 12.2 (2008): 177-220.