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Robert Bayley

Robert Bayley

Professor, Linguistics

Chair, Graduate Group in Linguistics

Graduate Group Member, Education

Editor, Publications of the American Dialect Society

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Office Phone: 530-752-3209

Education:

  1. Ph.D. (Stanford University)

Biography:

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 in Toronto. He previously taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Harbin Institute of Technology. He teaches 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 study children’s development of mathematical explanations.

Professor Bayley is co-author or editor of fourteen volumes including Language as Cultural Practice (with Sandra Schecter, 2002), Sociolinguistic Variation: Theories, Methods, and Applications (ed. with Ceil Lucas, 2007), The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics (ed. with Richard Cameron & Ceil Lucas, 2013), and Language Variation and Change (5 volumes, ed. with Richard Cameron, 2015). 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 California Postsecondary Education Commission, the Texas Education Agency, and the U.S. Department of Education, and a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fel­lowship. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary professorship by Harbin Institute of Technology and the UTSA President’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research. 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 2013, he was named President-Elect of the American Dialect Society.

Research Interests:

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

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