Dennis Baron

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Dennis Baron (1944-Present) is currently a professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Baron is known for his work on the technologies of language communication as well as the history and current state of the English language. Baron blogs about communication technology and the use of language, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.




Currently, Baron has a blog titled "The Web of Language," which highlights language in the news. "The Web of Language" brings attention to such stories such as how the House passed a bill to ban texting in Spanish and how the world's most popular word, OK, turns 172 years old. The blog averages 25,000 pages views per month.

Article Summaries

Baron, Dennis "From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technology"

Additional Works/ Publications


A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.

Guide to Home Language Repair. Urbana: National Council of Teachers of English, 1994. Print.

Declining Grammar and other essays on the English vocabulary. Urbana: National Council of Teachers of English, 1994. Print

The English-Only Question: An Official Language for Americans?. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990. Print.

Grammar and Gender. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1896. Print.

Grammar and Good Taste: Reforming the American Language. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982. Print.

Going Native: The Regeneration of Saxon English. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1982. Print.

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