Chair, Graduate Group in Linguistics
- Ph.D. (Stanford University)
Robert Bayley is Professor of Linguistics, Chair of the Graduate Group in Linguistics, and a member of the Graduate Group in Education. He is also the Editor of the Publications of the American Dialect Society and an Associate Member of the Centre for Research on Language Contact at York University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and general linguistics. His research focuses on language variation and language socialization, especially in bilingual and second language populations. Currently, he is investigating the role of frequency in language variation and change. He also is working with Professor Rebecca Ambrose of the UC Davis School of Education on a project to assist teachers to develop explanations of mathematical concepts appropriate to English language learners.
Professor Bayley is co-author or editor of fourteen volumes including Language as Cultural Practice: Mexicanos en el norte (with Sandra Schecter, 2002), Sociolinguistic Variation: Theories, Methods, and Applications (with Ceil Lucas, 2007), and The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics (ed. with Richard Cameron & Ceil Lucas, 2013) He has also published numerous articles and chapters on sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and second language acquisition. His grants, fellowships, and awards include four Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico, research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Texas Education Agency, and the U.S. Department of Education, and a National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary professorship by Harbin Institute of Technology in China. In 2003, he served as the Fulbright-York Chair in Linguistics at York University. In 2011, together with colleagues Carolyn McCaskill, Ceil Lucas, and Joseph Hill, he received the Andrew Foster Humanitarian Award from the National Black Deaf Advocates for the book and DVD, The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure. In 2015 he was named President of the American Dialect Society.
- Second Language Acquisition and Development:
Language socialization, especially in bilingual and second language populations; standardized testing for English language learners and students with disabilities; language issues related to mathematics teaching and learning in elementary schools.
- Language and Society:
- Sociolinguistics: Language variation and language socialization