Tej K. Bhatia is a Professor of Linguistics and Director of South Asian languages at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York and is the Acting Director of Cognitive Sciences at Syracuse University. He has been a fellow at the Center for the Study of Popular Television at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and is a faculty fellow for the Forensic Sciences and National Security Institute. He has published a number of books, articles, and chapters in the area of bilingualism and multiculturalism, language and social cognition, media (advertising), discourse, sociolinguistics, and the structure of English and South Asian languages (Hindi-Urdu and Punjabi). Professor Bhatia is the editor in chief of the Brill Research Perspectives on Multilingualism and Second Language Acquisition, as well as the vice-president and president-elect of the International Association for World Englishes. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Podcasts / Webinars
The HDIAC Podcast » Constructing Forensic Linguistic ‘Finger Prints’ for Human/Criminal Identification
This podcast discusses forensic linguistics, a technology that offers a new frontier in forensic evidence gathering – particularly in those cases where no other evidence is available to investigators. An example case is that of Theodore J. Kaczynski, the Unabomber:… Read More
The aim of this podcast is to examine dimensions of accent in terms of the (bio-) linguistic mind/brain and the social mind. Drs. Tej and Shobha Bhatia discuss the silent accent trauma suffered by speakers who speak with “undesirable” foreign or regional accents and experience social exclusion and bullying from native speakers. They also present evidence from neurolinguistic (f-MRI) studies of social pain caused by social exclusion. The discussion is framed particularly in cross-cultural communication through world varieties of the English language and the wide-ranging negative reactions to people who speak English with a foreign or “undesirable” accent.