John G. Baugh
Campus Box 1109
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
My primary research interest throughout my career has been the social stratification of linguistic behavior in multicultural and multilingual nations. My initial interest in this area began with quantitative and experimental studies of linguistic variation among African Americans. These studies evolved into applied linguistic research devoted to policy issues in medicine, education, and law. Gradually my analyses expanded to include populations who suffered various forms of linguistic discrimination, including deaf communities, as well as speakers of languages or dialects who lack fluency in the dominant linguistic norms of their respective societies.
Most of my research is interdisciplinary, drawing extensively upon related work in the fields of anthropology, ethnography, linguistics, and sociology. These experimental investigations are tailored to have practical applications whenever possible. Recently I have conducted studies of linguistic profiling over the telephone, where callers seeking housing or other goods and services face discrimination due to stereotypes about their speech. Very often these discriminatory acts have legal implications in civil and criminal court cases.
In addition to my linguistic research, I chair the African and African American Studies program, which strives to advance distinguished scholarship of and by people of African descent regardless of academic discipline. These administrative duties are collaborative and involve scholars and students across Washington University who work to advance teaching, scholarship, and public service throughout the African Diaspora.
1983 Black Street Speech: Its History, Structure and Survival. Austin : University of Texas Press. Recipient of 1984-85 Choice "Outstanding Academic Book Award."
1999 Out of the Mouths of Slaves: African American Language and Educational Malpractice. Austin : University of Texas Press.
2000 Beyond Ebonics: Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice. New York : Oxford University Press.
In Press (with H. Samy Alim) Black Language, Education, and Social Change . New York : Teachers College Press.
The Linguistic Legacy of the African Slave Trade in Interdisciplinary Perspective (L90 210)