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.
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