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 and Portuguese
Center for Global Studies
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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

Applied Linguistics: Migration, Minorities, and Multilingualism; Language Contact and Code-Switching; Language Ideology, Planning, Maintenance and Shift; World Englishes; Heritage Language Acquisition and Use;



Formal Linguistics: Indo-Aryan Syntax; Syntax of Language Contact and Language Variation



Current Projects

  • Language Contact in Diaspora
  • Sociolinguistic Grammar of of Bilingual Language Use
  • Publications

    Books

    • Language in Diaspora. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
    • Bhatt, R., and R. Mestherie. 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

    • Bhatt, R.. "The Oxford Book of World Englishes." World Englishes and language ideologies. Comp. J. Klemola and D. Sharma. Ed. M. FIlpulla. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
    • "Argument Licensing in Optimal Switches." Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Code-switching. Ed. Jeff McSwann. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014.
    • "Unraveling Postcolonial Identities through Language." Handbook of Language and Globalization. Oxford: Blackwell, 2010.

    Journal Articles

    • Bhatt, R., S. Montrul, and R. Girju. "Differential Object Marking in Spanish, Hindi and Romanian as heritage languages." Language (2014):
    • Bhatt, R.. "Optimization in bilingual language use. Response to Pieter Muysken’s keynote article: Language contact outcomes as a result of bilingual optimization strategies.." Bilingualism: Language & Cognition 16.4 (2013): 740-742.
    • Bhatt, Rakesh, Silvina Montrul, and Archana Bhatia. "Erosion of case and agreement in Hindi heritage speakers." Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 2.2 (2012): 147-176.
    • Bhatt, R., and A. Bolonyai. "Code-switching and the optimal grammar of bilingual language use." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 14.4 (2011): 1-25.
    • Bhatt, Rakesh. "In Other Words: Language Mixing, Identity Representations, and Third Space.." Journal of Sociolinguistics 12.2 (2008): 177-220.