American scholar of linguistics and communication. Baron was educated at Brandeis University, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan; he then taught high school English in New York City, and since 1975 has been a professor of English and linguistics at the University of Illinois. Baron's works of scholarship include Grammar and Good Taste: Reforming the American Language (1982), The English-Only Question: An Official Language for Americans? (1990), and most recently A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution (2009), which discusses culture-wide shifts in the way we read and write since the computer age. Baron blogs at "The Web of Language" and is on Twitter. See also illinois.edu/blog/view/25.