Pritha Chandra

Pritha Chandra
Associate Professor
Linguistics

Contact Information

Research Areas

Syntactic Theory, Linguistic Typology, Biolinguistics & Language and Politics.

Academic Background

2002-2007. PhD in Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, University of Maryland College Park, Maryland (USA)

1998-2000. MPhil in Linguistics, Centre of Linguistics & English, Jawaharlal Nehru

1996-1998. Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics, Centre of Linguistics & English, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

1992-1995. Bachelor of Arts (BA) Hons. in Chinese (Minors: Linguistics and Philosophy), Centre of East Asian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Employment History

2014 onwards. Associate Professor of Linguistics, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, New Delhi.

2007-2014. Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, New Delhi.

2009. Guest Lecturer, Centre of Linguistics, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi (Winter Semester).

2000-2002. Lecturer in Linguistics, Department of Elementary Education, Jesus & Mary College, University of Delhi.

Publications

Books (Authored/Co-edited)
• Chandra, P. And R. Shristi (eds.) 2014. The Lexicon-Syntax Interface: Perspectives from South Asian Languages. Netherlands: John Benjamins.

• Chandra, P. 2011. (Dis)Agree: Agreement Mechanisms Explored. UK: Cambridge
Scholars Publishing.

Working Papers Volume (Co-edited)
• Chandra, P., T. Fujii, U. Soltan and M. Yoshida (eds.) 2004. University of Maryland Working Papers in Linguistics (UMWPIL) 13, University of Maryland, College Park.

Chapters in books/volumes
• Chandra, P. Upcoming. ‘Urdu: A Minority Language?’ In R. Kumar and O. Prakash (eds). Language and Identity, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

• Chandra, P. 2016. ‘Feature-values and the expression of variation.’ In A. M. di
Sciullo (ed.). Biolinguistic Investigations on the Language Faculty. Netherlands.
John Benjamins.

• Chandra, P and R. Shristi. 2014. ‘The Lexicon-Syntax Interface: Some Issues’. In P. Chandra and R. Shristi (eds.) The Lexicon-Syntax Interface: Perspectives from
South Asian Languages. Netherlands: John Benjamins.

• Chandra, P. 2014. ‘Middles in the Syntax’. In Chandra, P and R. Shristi (eds.) The
Lexicon-Syntax Interface: Perspectives from South Asian Languages.
Netherlands: John Benjamins.

• Chandra, P. 2013. 'Hindi as L2/L3: Language Assessment in Schools'. In A.J. Kunnan (ed.) The Companion to Language Assessment , Vol. 4. Massachusetts: Wiley- Blackwell.

• Chandra, P. 2011. 'Redundant Agreement, Phases and Memory'. In R. K. Mishra & N. Srinivasan (eds.). Language-Cognition Interface: State of the Art. Munich: Lincom Europa.

• Chandra, P. 2011. 'Left Dislocation in Hindi-Urdu: Movement or Construal?' In O. N. Koul (ed). Indo-Aryan Linguistics. Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore.

• Chandra, P. and S. Malhotra. 2007. 'A short note on wh-scope marking' In University of Maryland Working Papers 16, University of Maryland, College Park.

• Chandra, P. 2007. 'Tsez Long Distance Agreement: A Reappraisal' In University of Maryland Working Papers in Linguistics 15, University of Maryland, College Park.

• Rus, D and P. Chandra. 2006. 'Child Slovenian Imperatives: Root Infinitive Analogues?' Adriana Belletti, Elisa Bennati, Cristiano Chesi, Elisa Di Domenico, and Ida Ferrari (eds), Language Acquisition and Development, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

• Chandra, P. 2004. 'Case-Theta Role Relation in Kurux: Critical Analysis of the Classical Theory.' In Omkar N. Koul and Imtiaz Hasnain (eds) Linguistics: Theoretical & Applied (A Festschrift for Ruqiaya Hasan) Indian Institute of Language Studies, New Delhi.

• Gupta, R.S. and P. Chandra. 2001.'Language Maintenance and Shift: Some Basic Questions in the Context of Kurux'. In Omkar N. Koul and P. Umarani (eds) Sociolinguistics and Language Education (A Festschrift for Dr. D.P. Pattanayak). Creative, New Delhi.

Papers and Reviews in Journals
• Chandra, P and G. Kaur. 2017. ‘Differential Subject Marking and Person Licensing Condition’. Concentric: Studies in Linguistics 43.1.

• Chandra, P, G. Kaur and U. Udaar. 2017. ‘Optional Ergativity with Unergatives in Punjabi’. Taiwan Journal of Linguistics 17:2.

• Chandra, P. and A. Sahoo. 2015. ‘Ditransitive Active-passives in Malayalam’ International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics.

• Chandra, P. and U. Udaar. 2015. ‘Ergative Case and Verbal Agreement: Explaining Dialectal Variations in Nepali’. Acta Linguistica 9: 1.

• Chandra, P. and A. Sahoo. 2014. ‘Learning Puzzles with Indian English Tags’. Language and Language Teaching, Azim Premji University and Vidya Bhavan Society, Vol 3.2.

• Udaar, U, G. Kaur and P. Chandra. 2014. ‘Revisiting Morphological Ergativity in Hindi-Urdu’. Acta Linguistica Vol. 8: 1. Eurasia Publishing House.

• Chandra, P. and A. Sahoo. 2013. ‘Passives in South Asian Languages’. Acta Linguistica Asiatica. Vol 3:1. 9-28, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts.

• Chandra, P. and R. Kumar. 2013. ‘Urdu Possession: An instance of Ezafe.’ Indian Linguistics. 74 (3-4). 101-109.

• Chandra, P. 2013. Review of Lydia White. Language and Language Teaching. Vol. 2:1, 62-64. Azim Premji University and Vidya Bhavan Society.

• Chandra, P and R. Kumar. 2012. ‘Alienable/Inalienable Possession: From Syntax to Semantics’, Indian Linguistics. Vol 73 (1-4): 35-45.

• Chandra, P. 2008. Review of Carruthers, P (2006), The Architecture of the Mind. Oxford University Press. Minds and Machines. 18(1): 133-139, Springer.

• Chandra, P. 2007. Review of K. Wali’s Marathi: A Study of Comparative South-Asian Languages. South Asian Language Review, Indian Institute of Language Studies, Vol. XVII: 1.

• Chandra, P. 2007. Review of Dabrowska, Ewa (2004) Language, Mind and Brain: Some Psychological and Neurological Constraints on Theories of Grammar. Edinburgh University Press. Cognitive Systems Research 8(1):53-56, Elsevier.

• Chandra, P. 2006. Review of Gentner, Dedre and Susan Goldin-Meadow (eds.) (2003) Language in Mind: Advances in the study of language and thought. Cambridge, MA: the MIT Press. Minds and Machines 16(2):225-230, Springer.

• Chandra, P. 2002. Case-Theta Role Relation in Kurux: Critical Analysis of the Classical Theory. South Asian Language Review Vol. XII, No. 1&2., IILS.

• Gupta, R.S. and P. Chandra, 1999. Language Maintenance and Shift: Some Basic Questions in the Context of Kurux. South Asian Language Review Vol. IX, No. 1&2, IILS.

Other book reviews
• Chandra, P. 2002. Review of Jackendoff, Ray (2002) Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution. Oxford University Press. Linguist List 13.1241

• Chandra, P. 2001. Review of Singleton, David (2000) Language and the Lexicon: An Introduction. Arnold Publishers. Linguist List 12.2761

Conference Proceedings
• Chandra, P. and G. Kaur. 2016. ‘The Perfect Nominative’. In M. Menon and S. Syed (eds) FASAL 6 Proceedings. In University of Konstanz https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/jsal/index.php/fasal/issue/view/1

• Chandra, P. 2014. ‘English Language Teaching in Indian Madrasas: Accommodation Or Complicity?’ In Proceedings of the 7th Free Linguistics Conference, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

• Chandra, P and A. Sahoo. 2010. 'Gradience in Oriya Ditransitives and Morphological Specificities', AICL Pre-conference Proceedings, Lucknow University.

• Chandra, P. 2009. 'Tense Dependency and A-movement Reconstruction' In Khuong, Richa and Sinha (ed.) The Fifth Asian GLOW: Conference Proceedings (2005), CIIL, Mysore and FOSSIL.

• Chandra, P. 2009. 'Intervention Effects in Agreement: Comparing Hindi-Urdu with Tsez'. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Vol. 42: 2/2006 (pp: 169-182)

• Chandra, P. and A. Ince. 2008. 'Genitive Subject Induced Derivational Islands' In Proceedings of the 38th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS).

• Rus, D. and P. Chandra. 2006. 'Child Language Imperatives: Questioning the 'Imperative as an RI-analogue' Hypothesis' In David Bamman, Tatiana Magnitskaia & Colleen Zaller (eds) Proceedings of the 30th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), Massachusetts: Cascadilla Press.

• Rus, D. and P. Chandra. 2005. 'Bare Participles are not Root Infinites: Evidence from Early Child Slovenian' In Alejna Brugos, Manuella R Clark-Cotton & Seungwan Ha (eds) Proceedings of the 29th annual Boston University Conference of Language Development (BUCLD), Massachusett: Cascadilla Press.

Conferences

INVITED TALKS/LECTURES
• 2017. Language evolution: A view from now-time. ‘Seminar on Language Structure and Variation’. Indian Institute of Technology Madras. (October).

• 2017. Multi-layered Variation: Indo-Aryan Ergativity and its remnants. ‘Seminar on Language Structure and Variation’. Indian Institute of Technology Madras. (October)

• 2016. Gender in Language: The I-/E-Language Distinction at the 'Seminar on Applied Linguistics' at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

• 2016. An Ergativity Parameter in the Mind? 'Panel on Language Variation: Theoretical and Processing Perspectives'. National Brain Research Center- IIT Delhi workshop on Cognitive Science.

• 2015. Ergativity and the Macro/Microvariation Debate at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Punjab.

• 2014. Variation in Internal Language at the Department of Linguistics, Kolkata University.

• 2014. Ergativity and the Macro/Microvariation Debate at the Department of Linguistics, Jadavpur University.

• 2013. Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to Case and Agreement (with K. Choudhary, IIT Ropar) at the ‘Workshop on Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to Grammar’ at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

• 2012. Urdu Izafat (with Rajesh Kumar) at the ‘National Seminar on the Structure of Contemporary Urdu’ at the Dept. of Linguistics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.

• 2011. 4 Guest Lectures at the Center for Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
- The Story of Recursion in Natural Language
- Minimal Phrase Markers
- Agreement, Phi-Features and Agree
- Agree and LDA

• 2011. Alienable/Inalienable Possession: Inquiries at the syntax-semantics interface (with R. Kumar) at the ‘International Seminar on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Semantics’ Dept. of Linguistics, Aligarh Muslim University.

• 2010. Response to Nirmalangshu Mukherjee's Paper on 'Reference and Singular Terms', at the ‘International Seminar of Language, Mathematics, Music and Society’. Vidya Bhavan Society, Udaipur.

• 2009. On Kluges, Agreement and Nature's Oddities at the 'Seminar on Language-Cognition Interface: State of the Art’, Center for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Allahabad University.

• 2009. Mind, Machines and Transformational Grammar at Delhi University.

• 2009. Innate Mind and Language Instincts at Delhi University.

• 2008. A Chomskyan Program for Semantics: Taking the ‘Middle’ Way at the National Seminar on Chomsky, Pondicherry University.

• 2007. Sluicing in the Underspecification/Overspecification Debate at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

• 2007. Reflections on Minimal Syntax at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
• 2017. Realizing Gender. Paper (to be) presented at ‘Biolinguistic Conference on Interface Asymmetries’. New York University. USA. (November)

• 2017. On Braj Ergativity: Person through the Ages. Paper presented (with G. Kaur) at the 19th Diachronic Syntax Conference, University of Stollenbosch, South Africa. (September).

• 2016. A Parameter Hiearchy for Indo-Aryan Ergativity. Paper presentation at the 'Cambridge Comparative Syntax Conference', University of Cambridge, UK.

• 2016. The Perfect Nominative. Poster presentation (with G. Kaur) at the 'Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages' 6, Umass, Amherst.

• 2016. Dialects and Structural Reallocation. Presented at the seminar 'Languages in Contact'. Deccan College. Pune.

• 2015. On the nature of objects in Unergatives. Paper presentation (with G. Kaur) at the 'South Asian Languages Analysis'. Lancaster University.

• 2015. Agreement Variaitons without Uninterpretable Features. Paper presentation in ‘What Drives Syntactic Computations: Alternatives to Formal Features’. Leipzig, Germany.

• 2014. A phase-based approach to Differential Subject Marking in Punjabi. Poster presentation (with G. Kaur) at ‘Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) in Asia’, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

• 2014. Two nominative cases in Punjabi?, Poster presentation (with G. Kaur) at ‘Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages 4’, Rutgers University, USA.

• 2014. Ergativity as Control?, Paper presented (with G. Kaur and U. Udaar) at the ‘South Asian Language Analysis 30’, Hyderabad Central University.

• 2014. ‘Hit’and ‘Fall’ in Punjabi. Poster presentation (with G. Kaur) at ‘International Conference for South Asian Languages 11’, Banaras Hindu University.

• 2013. Nepali Unergatives and Case Morphology, Paper presented (with U. Udaar) at ‘34th Annual Conference of the Linguistic Society of Nepal’, Kathmandu University, Nepal.

• 2013. English Language Teaching in Indian Madrasas: Accommodation or Complicity? Paper presented at the ‘Free Linguistics Conference 2013’, Hong Kong University.

• 2013. Split Ergativity in Punjabi: The case of defective heads and light verbs. Poster presentation (with G. Kaur and U. Udaar) at ‘Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages 4’, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA– originally accepted for paper presentation.

• 2012. Indo-Aryan Ergativity: A Case of Syntactic Inertia. Poster presentation (with U. Udaar) at ‘14th Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference’, Lisbon, Portugal.

• 2012. Passives or Anti-Causatives? Paper presented at ‘Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages 2’. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (MIT).

• 2011. Scope Puzzles in Oriya Ditransitives. Paper presented (with A. Sahoo) at ‘South Asian Languages Analysis (SALA) 29’, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore.

• 2011. Passive: A Comparative Concept or a Descriptive Category?, Paper presented (with A. Sahoo) at ‘All India Conference of Linguists (AICL) 33’. Chandigarh University.

• 2010. To be or not to be: Error Analysis of Second Language Learners, Paper presented (with A. Sahoo and S. Tandon) at ‘9th International Conference of South Asian Languages’, Patiala University.

• 2010. Gradience in Ditransitives and Morphological Specificities. Paper presented (with A. Sahoo) at ‘All India Conference for Linguists 32 (AICL)’, Lucknow University.

• 2009. Yes-no questions: Probing the Structure of Indian English. Paper presented (with A. Sahoo) at ‘All India Conference for Linguists 31 (AICL)’, University of Hyderabad.

• 2008. Sentential Expletives inside Verb-Phrases, Paper presented (with S. Malhotra) at ‘New Perspectives in Linguistics’, Kashmir University, Srinagar.

• 2008. Movement out of ‘islands’: A Case of Finite Embedded Clause, Paper presented (with S. Malhotra), at ‘West Coast Conference in Linguistics (WECOL)’, University of California Davis, USA.

• 2008. Language and Computations: Modularity Revisited, Paper presented (with C.A. Tomy), at ‘Asia-Pacific Conference on Computations and Philosophy’ (AP-CAP), National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.

• 2007. Genitive Islands and Sluicing in Hindi-Urdu, Poster presentation (with A. Ince) at ‘West Coast Conference in Linguistics (WECOL)’, University of California, San Diego, USA.

• 2007. Genitive Subject Induced Derivational Islands, Paper presented (with A.
Ince) at ‘38th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS)’, Ottawa,
Canada.

• 2006. Intervention Effects in Agreement: Comparing Hindi-Urdu with Tsez, Paper presented at the ‘42nd Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society’, University of Chicago. USA

• 2006. Yet another approach to Hindi-Urdu wh-expletives, Paper presented (with S. Malhotra) at the ‘South Asian Languages Analysis (SALA) 26’, Kannada University, Mysore.

• 2005. Child Language Imperatives: Questioning the 'Imperative as an RI-analogue' Hypothesis, Paper presented (with D. Rus) at ‘Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) 30’, Boston University, USA.

• 2005. Hindi-Urdu Agreement Under Control, Paper presented at the ‘South Asian Languages Analysis (SALA) 25’, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

• 2005. Child Slovenian Imperatives: Root Infinitive Analogues?, Paper presented (with D. Rus) at the ‘Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA)’, Siena, Italy.

• 2005. Tense Dependency and A-movement Reconstruction, Paper presented at the ‘Generative Linguistics of the Old World (GLOW) in Asia 5’, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

• 2005. Agree & Derivational Barriers, Paper presented at the ‘Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Annual Meeting’, Oakland, California, USA.

• 2004. On Hindi Left Dislocation & Successive Cyclic Movement, Paper presented at the ‘South Asian Languages Analysis (SALA) 24’, Stony Brook University, USA.

• 2004. Bare Participles are not Root Infinitives: Evidence from Early Child Slovenian, Paper presented (with D. Rus) at the ‘Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) 29’, Boston University, Boston, USA.

• 2002. Dative Subjects in Hindi, Paper presented at the ‘International Conference on the Architecture of Grammar’, Jointly organized by Universiteit Leiden Centre for Linguistics (ULCL) & Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL) in Hyderabad, India.

• 1999. Logico-Syntactic Analysis of Case-Semantic Role Relationship, Paper presented at ‘XXI All India Conference of Linguists (AICL)’, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.

• 1999. Complex Predicates and Argument Structure, at ‘Dialogue: Forum for Academic Research’, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Teaching Areas

Syntactic Theories, General Linguistics.