General: Syntactic Theory, Linguistic Typology, Comparative Indo-European Syntax, Indic Linguistics.

Current research interests: Ergativity and Accusative Case, Syntax of Hindi Prenominal Relative Clauses, Word Order and PP Positions.


Accusative and Ergative in Hindi. To appear in Ergativity. Edited by Jessica Coon, Diane Massam, and Lisa Travis. Oxford University. 2016.

Quantification in Hindi. To appear in Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Languages Edited by Edward Keenan and Denis Paperno. Springer. Dordrect. 2015.

Structural Case and Reconstruction in Hindi Prenominal Relative Clauses. Invited paper at Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages (FASAL) III. Ms. UCLA. 2014. Ms.

Ergatives, antipassives and the overt light v in Hindi. Lingua 122, 204-214. 2012.

Toward a Derivational Typology. (Jointly with Craig Sailor) NELS 42. 2012.

On Accusative Case in Perfect participle Constructions: Implications for ergative case Assignment in Hindi. ENS, Paris. 2011.

Overt little v, Ergatives and Antipassives in Hindi. Bilbao Ergativity Conference. 2009.

PP Positions and Basic Word Order. Potsdam and Hyderabad. 2009.

Reverse Engineering Two Word Order Generalizations. Hong Kong Asian GLOW Paper. Revised 2009.

Slooping in Hindi. Delhi Asian GLOW Paper. Revised 2008.

Restructuring in Hindi. Austin SALA 2003 paper. Revised 2007.

Agreement Spreading and Long Distance Agreement in Hindi. 2006. UCLA ms.
(Evaluates arguments for movement to SPEC or Agree based analysis of Hindi agreement).

Clause Structure in South Asian Languages. (Jointly edited with Veneeta Dayal.) Kluwer Publishers, Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. 2004.

On the origin of non-nominative subjects, in Peri Bhaskararao and Karumuri Venkata Subbarao eds., Nonnominative Subjects. Typological Studies in Language, 60. John Benjamins Publishing Co, 2004.

Word Order and (Remnant) VP Movement, in S. Karimi ed. Word Order and Scrambling. Blackwell Publishers, 2003.

Head Movement and Syntactic Theory. Syntax at Sunset 3, UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics 10, 2003.

Complex Predicates and Case in Hindi, in Proceedings of the Nanzan GLOW, ed. by M. Saito et al, 275-296. 2001. Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan.

Eliminating Head Movement, The GLOW Newsletter # 44, 2000, 44-45.

Relative Asymmetries and Hindi Correlatives, in The Syntax of Relative Clauses, ed. by A. Alexiadou, P. Law and C. Wilder, 201-229. 2000. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia.

Oblique Subjects and Burzio’s Generalization, to appear in Arguments and Case: Explaining Burzio’s Generalization, ed. by E. Reuland, 77-100. 2000. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia.

Towards a Unified Treatment of Wh-expletives in Hindi and German, in Wh-Scope Marking, ed. by U. Lutz, G. Muller and A. von Stechow, 317-332. 2000. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia.

Partial Movement and Successive Cyclicity, (with Gisbert Fanselow)”, in Wh-Scope Marking, ed. by U. Lutz, G. Muller and A. von Stechow. 195-230. 2000. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia.


Graduate Syntax Seminar (Ling 252)

Graduate Syntax (Ling 200B, Ling 201B)

Undergraduate Syntax (Ling 120B, Ling 165B)

Syntactic Typology (Ling 127, Ling 215)

Intro Linguistics (Ling 20)