Please feel free to contact me to discuss ideas for supervision or to discuss joint research.
Taking my Research on the Road
For more than ten years, I have hosted visiting schoolchildren, as well as visiting schools, in order to give talks regarding accent and identity, to include the implications for regional accents in the workplace. I also give talks to public organisations (e.g. the ArcSpace organisation in Hulme), as well as the public themselves (e.g. as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, 2016). Please feel free to contact me should you wish me to visit your organisation to provide a talk on accent and the workplace, in order to provide information on the ways in which accent preference - and prejudice - is still a live issue.
AA in Music - Los Angeles Valley College
TESOL certificate - Canadian Global TESOL Training Institute
BA in English Literature - California State University, Northridge
MA in English Composition and Rhetoric - California State University, Northridge
MA in Linguistics - The University of Manchester
PhD in English - The University of Manchester
Language, Education and Society
Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication
MA Education (International) - Research Methods
I would be happy to supervise PhD students with interests in the following broad areas:
Accent/dialect/language and identity
Writer stance and writer identity
My short stories are published in my fourth book, a collection called 'Sting in the Tale' - seven stories with twist endings. The book is available on Amazon Kindle.
My interests also include movies and music, having written a 007 theme song entitled 'The Man Everybody Wants', which Desmond 'Q' Llewelyn said was 'very much in the Bond tradition' and Bond authors Philip Lisa and Lee Pfeiffer (The Incredible World of 007) said the song had 'good potential' and was 'definitely in the style of the early Bond songs'.The song's music video has been performed at several Bond conventions in the US and UK, to include locations such as New Orleans, London and Long Beach, California. The song is also included in the John Cork collection housed at the University of Southern California archives, with Cork a member of the Ian Fleming Foundation. The song is housed in Box 34, Folder 13. The website can be found here: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8pz5bbw/entire_text/
In addition, my tribute song to Peter Sellers, 'Dear Mr. Sellers', was described by Sellers' biographer Ed Sikov as 'very accurate...touching and sweet-tempered' and by Burt 'Cato' Kwouk as 'very nice'. The song has also been adopted by the Peter Sellers Appreciation Society. My interview with the Peter Sellers Appreciation Society was published in the September 2002 issue of the magazine at www.petersellersappreciationsociety.com.
The music videos for both songs can be found at the following link:
Details at http://www.doollee.com & www.americanmusicals.com
- Love from Above - performed in 1991 and 1998 at the Mayflower Club in North Hollywood, California (http://mayflowerclub.com/)
- Between Two Wars
- Only in LA
Media Coverage on Accent and Identity
From 2014-2017, I was interviewed by more than 40 radio stations (e.g. BBC Merseyside, BBC Manchester, BBC Cumbria, BBC West Midlands, BBC Ulster); I appeared in foreign media (Canada, Ireland, Italy, South Korea and Finland); I was featured in more than 30 newspapers/news websites; and I was interviewed on TV: BBC Northwest Tonight (July 8th, 2014), Russia Today (RT) in both 2014 and 2015; BBC Breakfast (May 13th, 2016); and Sky News TV (February 22nd, 2018). Please go to the media contributions and coverage section of my website to find a very brief sample of some of my media exposure.
Here is a link to my BBC 5 radio interview in April 2018: https://twitter.com/bbc5live/status/982284695080656896
On November 23rd 2018, I was interviewed twice by BBC Radio Kent, discussing my previous media comment (Metro, April 5th 2018) that 'old linguistic habits die hard in the UK'.
Below is a link to my interview with BBC Radio Five on May 7th 2019:
I presented a talk as an invited keynote speaker at the University of Sheffield's Linguistic Prejudice conference from July 9th - July 10th 2018:
I also presented my paper at the prestigious ICL 20 conference (The International Congress of Linguists), in Cape Town, South Africa from July 2 - July 6 2018.
Invited Guest Lecturer
I was invited to deliver lectures on pragmalinguistic failure and appropriate pedagogy at Yanbian University in China, in April 2019.
Conferences in 2019
- I presented my paper at the Variation and Language Processing conference at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, from January 23 - January 25 2019. The paper focuses on the linguistic processing of accents in Educational contexts, adopting a psycholinguistic-sociolinguistic hybrid approach.
- I presented my paper at the RELC conference, held in Singapore from March 11 - March 13 2019. My paper focuses on the content of my third book, which explains how non-inner circle Englishes (e.g. Indian English) can be used to teach the inner circle standard.
- My paper on military impoliteness has been accepted for the The 12th International Conference on (Im)politeness, to be held at Anglia Ruskin University, July 17 - 19 2019.
My third book, World Englishes in English Language Teaching, was published in 2019 with Palgrave Macmillan. A link to the book is here: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783030132859
My fifth and sixth books are published on Amazon Kindle, consisting of two academic writing study skills guides:
Academic writing goes to the movies: Getting critical in your essays
A guide to academic writing in Britain
All my book profiles can be found here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=alex+baratta&i=digital-text&ref=nb_sb_noss
My seventh book will come out in March 2020 - Read Critically - published by SAGE. The link is here:
Creative Imagery spotlight
My research was selected, along with twelve other academics at the University of Manchester, for recognition for academic excellence and innovation. Read about it here:
New for 2020
My work as a consultant with the major language-learning app, Babbel, has led to much media attention, in the UK, Italy and the US, including publications such as GQ Italia, People magazine and Language magazine. My research also came eighth in ‘2019's top news from the Faculty of Humanities’: