Sandhya Sundaresan. Linguist.
I am a syntactician and fieldworker. One of the languages I focus on is Tamil, a Non-IndoEuropean language of the Dravidian family, which I also speak natively.
Curriculum Vitae (May 2020)
Journal article (under review). A new theory of indexical shift. [draft, PDF]
Handbook article (invited, in prep). Probes & Goals. Cambridge Handbook of Minimalism. CUP.
Research collaboration (in prep). Anaphor Agreement Effect (phase II), with Hedde Zeijlstra.
Recent & Upcoming:
Journal article (accepted). Proxy Control: a new species of control in grammar (with Aaron Doliana). NLLT.
Volume article (now out!): Distinct featural classes of anaphor in an enriched person system, In Peter W. Smith, Johannes Mursell & Katharina Hartmann (eds.), Agree to Agree: Agreement in Minimalism, 425–461. Language Science Press, Berlin. [PDF]
Conference Talk (March 5, 2020): Adjunct islands and the interplay of theoretical and empirical factors in refining universal claims (with Thomas McFadden and Hedde Zeijlstra). Workshop (AG 4): Empirical consequences of universal claims in grammatical theorizing. DGfS 2020. University of Hamburg. [Slides, PDF]
Keynote Talk (upcoming in June, 2020): TBD. Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adverbs/Adjectives and Prepositions/Participles (WASSAP5). Research Center on Basque Language (IKER), CNRS. Bayonne, Basque Country.
In 2019, I was one of four scientists in Germany awarded the Maria Weber Grant -- a research sabbatical prize for a full year -- by the Hans Böckler Stiftung. To read the write-up (in German) on their website about my research, click here.
I received my Ph.D. in 2013, jointly from the University of Tromsø and the University of Stuttgart. From October 2013- early January 2020, I worked as Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessorin) in Syntax at the University of Leipzig. I live in Berlin, but travel to India whenever I can.
You can reach me at: email@example.com
My research program explores two broad questions:
For a given grammatical phenomenon, what is the nature of interaction and division of labor between syntax and its interfaces with morphology and semantics, within a modular grammar?
What can dialectal and crosslinguistic variation tell us about how a given phenomenon should be syntactically modelled?