Department of Linguistics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Dr. Rakesh Mohan Bhatt

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

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  • Bhatt, Rakesh M. Language in Diaspora. Forthcoming: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Montrul, S., R. Bhatt, and R. Girju. "Differential Object Marking in Spanish, Hindi and Romanian as heritage languages." Language 91.3 (2015):
  • 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.
  • Montrul, Silvina, Rakesh Bhatt, 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.

Book Contributions

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