Dr. Jon Bakos

Dr. Jon Bakos
Associate Professor
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Department of
Arts and Sciences, College of
Root Hall A-176
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  • Ph.D. - English, Oklahoma State University - 2013
  • M.A. - Linguistics, Michigan State University - 2008
  • B.A. - English and Linguistics Double Major, University of Michigan - 2001

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Supervisor of the Year Award - 2017

Licensures and Certifications


  • I taught our ESL 103A class at ECNU through a joint program with ECNU and the Center for Global Engagement. - East China Normal University (ECNU) - 2017
  • I worked with a video game company to help them design languages for alien characters in the game. - Cloud Imperium Games - 2014

Intellectual Contributions

  • Small Town Southern Man - Comparing Southern Features in the Songs and Interviews of Alan Jackson - Southern Journal of Linguistics, Oxford, Mississippi - 2019
  • Sociolinguistics: Factors Influencing English Language Learning - IGI Global, Hershey, PA - 2019
  • Studying the Acquisition of Game Terminology In World of Warcraft: The Newb’s Guide to Epic Pwnage - Studies in Linguistics, Chungbuk - 2018
  • Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics Activities in an Active-Learning Language Classroom - Teaching American Speech/Duke University Press, Durham, NC - 2019
  • A real-time study of the 'naughty-knotty' merger in West-Central Indiana, USA - Langages /Armand Colin, Paris - 2022


  • Small Town Southern Man - Comparing Southern Features in the Songs and Interviews of Alan Jackson. Annual Meeting of the American Dialect Society, 2019.
  • Hoosier Talk - Acoustic Work in Western Indiana. New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 46, 2017.
  • The Construction of a Real-Time Sociolinguistic Research Corpus of the Hoosier State. 50 years of oral corpus linguistics: Its contribution to the study of variation, 2018.
  • Teaching in China - A Practical Guide. INTESOL, 2017.
  • Innovative Pedagogy in the Linguistics Classroom. Linguistics Society of America (LSA) Annual Meeting, 2017.

Contract, Fellowship, Grant or Sponsored Research

  • Grant: Career Readiness Faculty Summer Stipend - Indiana State University 2019 - 2020. Funded - $3,500

Research Interests

  • Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Psycholinguistics, First Language Acquisition

University Service

  • Role: Secretary - Academic Affairs 2018 - 2020

I am an Assistant Professor in Linguistics and TESL/Linguistics with primary interests in dialect acquisition and usage-based language theory.  I completed my PhD at Oklahoma State University in 2013, and my dissertation work was on the dialects of Oklahoma and the speech attitudes of local residents.  I am also studying online discourse, particularly how players of Star Citizen and World of Warcraft acquire the game's jargon.  In addition, I am examining the visual rhetoric of video games such as Fallout 3 and Bioshock.

LING 210 - Intro to Linguistics
LING 311 - Structure of Enlgish
LING 480/580 - Topics in Linguistics, Discourse Analysis

2013                     PhD – English, Specialization in Linguistics – Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK  
                            (Dissertation: A Comparison of the Speech Patterns and Dialect Attitudes of Oklahoma)      

2011                     LSA Summer Institute - Boulder, CO (Courses: Sociolinguistics, Sociophonetics, Eye Tracking, Syntax)

2008                     MA – Linguistics - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
                            (Thesis:  An Examination of the Adaptation to the Northern Cities Chain Shift
                             by Lebanese Immigrants in Dearborn, Michigan

2001                     BA – English and Linguistics - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2013                     QQ More – An examination of the origins and modern usage of QQ in an online game forum.
In Z. Waggoner (ed). Game of words, words of play:  Essays on the terminology of videogame theory.
                            Jefferson: McFarland & Company Inc.      

2012                     Investigating the Northern Cities Shift in the Lebanese community of Dearborn, Michigan.
                            Lingua y migración/Language and Migration 4(1): 5-31.

                            With Dennis R. Preston. Standardization: English language regard: Attitudes, beliefs, and ideologies.
                            In A. Bergs & L. Brinton (eds), Historical linguistics of English (HSK 34.1). Berlin: de Gruyter, 1020–1038.

2003                     With Glenn Mathes. ESL/GED Preparation bridge series. Lansing: Business & Community Institute of
                            Lansing Community College.   

Sociophonetics, Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Perceptual Dialectology, Eye Tracking, Psycholinguistics, Usage-Based Approaches