Baugh named fellow of Linguistic Society of America


Sept. 9, 2014

John G. Baugh, PhD, the Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, is one of 10 distinguished scholars to be honored as 2015 fellows of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA).

Baugh, an expert on linguistic profiling pertaining to housing, employment, education, health disparities and the law, holds joint appointments in the departments of psychology, anthropology, education, and English, and in programs for linguistics, African and African-American Studies, American Culture Studies, Psychology-Neuroscience-Philosophy (PNP) and Urban Studies, all in Arts & Sciences.

He is a pioneer in the study of how individual linguistic characteristics can be used as the basis for discrimination in various social domains. His books include “Beyond Ebonics: Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice” (2000); “Out of the Mouths of Slaves: African American Language and Educational Malpractice” (1999); and “Black Street Speech: Its History, Structure and Survival” (1983).

LSA Fellows are recognized annually for their “distinguished contributions” to the discipline. LSA inducted its first class of fellows in 2006, and the group now includes such luminaries as Noam Chomsky, William Labov, Steven Pinker and Calvert Watkins.

The 2015 class of LSA Fellows will be inducted Jan. 9 as part of the LSA annual meeting in Portland, Ore.

Learn more about Baugh and his research program here.

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