Naomi Baron

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Naomi S. Baron is a linguist and professor of linguistics at the Department of Language and Foreign Studies, at American University, in Washington, D.C.. Her areas of research and interest include computer-mediated communication, writing and technology, language in social context, language acquisition and the history of English. She is also interested in language use in the computer age, instant messaging, text messaging, mobile phone practices, cross-cultural research on mobile phones, Human multitasking behavior, and Facebook online social interaction usage by American college students.[1]

She was a Guggenheim Fellow,[2] Fulbright Fellow, and president of the Semiotic Society of America, and has published many books.

Her book, Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World, which was published in 2008, won the English-Speaking Union’s HRH The Duke of Edinburgh ESU English Language Book Award for 2008.[3][4]

Baron has taught at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, Emory University, Southwestern University, and at American University since 1987.


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  • Baron, Naomi S., Words onscreen. The fate of reading in a digital world, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN 978-0-19-931576-5
  • Baron, Naomi S., Always on : language in an online and mobile world, Oxford; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-531305-5
  • Baron, Naomi S., Alphabet to E-mail: How Written English Evolved and Where It's Heading, London; New York : Routledge, 2000. ISBN 0-415-18685-4
  • Baron, Naomi S., Growing up with language : how children learn to talk, Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1992. ISBN 0-201-55080-6
  • Baron, Naomi S., Pigeon-birds and rhyming words : the role of parents in language learning, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice Hall, 1990. ISBN 0-13-662875-3
  • Baron, Naomi S., Computer languages : a guide for the perplexed, Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1986. ISBN 0-385-23214-4
  • Baron, Naomi S., Speech, writing, and sign : a functional view of linguistic representation, Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1980. ISBN 0-253-19373-7
  • Baron, Naomi S., Language acquisition and historical change, Amsterdam; New York : North Holland Pub. Co.; New York : distributors for the US and Canada, Elsevier North-Holland, 1977. ISBN 0-444-85077-5


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