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]

  • Survey Article (invited, under review). Shifty attitudes: indexical shift vs. perspectival anaphora. Annual Review of LinguisticsVol. 7. [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 Minimalism425–461Language 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]


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.

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​   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?

Homepage of Sandhya Sundaresan.