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Sandhya Sundaresan


I am an Assistant Professor & the Anandavalli & Dr. G. Swaminathan Endowed Research Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stony Brook University.


My research program explores two broad questions: 

  1. 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?

  2. What can dialectal and crosslinguistic variation tell us about how a given phenomenon should be syntactically modelled?

At a glance 


Teaching (Fall 2023, Office hours: T/Th 10.30-12.00 pm):

  • LIN 431 (TTh: 8.30-9.50am): Structure of an uncommonly taught language (Malayalam), co-taught with Thomas McFadden

  • LIN 625 (MW: 2.30-3.50pm): Semantics I (grad intro. semantics) 

Syntax weekly reading group (SynFL!): 

  • Mondays 1:10-2:10pm: Department library. 


Upcoming presentations & guest teaching: 


  • January 4-7, 2024. Strong vs. weak indexicals: implications for indexical shift. LSA Annual Meeting. New York. 

  • January 26-27, 2024. Perspectival possessor agreement in Finnish (with Elsi Kaiser). NELS 54. MIT.

  • Feb. 19, 2024. Deriving assimilation & dissimilation in a Minimalist syntax: phi vs. case. Morphology Circle. Penn State University, PA. (invited)

  • March 6, 2024. Agree & Disagree: Deriving assimilation & dissimilation in a Minimalist syntax. Colloquium Series. Newcastle University, UK. (invited)

  • April  9-11, 2024. Locality (LASER) Workshop. University of Goettingen. Germany (invited)

  • August 12-16, 20241 week course on Agree(ment), DGFS Summer School. University of Goettingen. Germany. (invited)

For more information, check out my CVYou can reach me at:


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