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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 (Spring 2023Office hours: T/Th 1-2.30pm):


  • LIN 431: Structure of an uncommonly taught language (Tamil), co-taught with Thomas McFadden

  • LIN 621: Syntax II


Upcoming invited talks & guest teaching: 

  • April 2023. TBD. NYU Syntax Brown Bag Speaker Series. 

  • September 2023. TBD. Morphology as Syntax Workshop (MaS3). University of Montreal, Canada. 

  • Summer 20241 week course on Agree(ment), DGFS Summer School. University of Goettingen. Germany. 

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


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