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Lalit Rajkumar

Designation: Assistant Professor

Specialization: Generative Syntax

Contact: +91-8974922920, +91-9953773476

Email: litrajkumar1 [AT] gmail.com, lalitrajkumar [AT] manipuruniv.ac.in

Ph.D.

Lalit Rajkumar

Curriculum Vitae: December 2021

litrajkumar1 [AT] gmail.com

lalitrajkumar [AT] manipuruniv.ac.in


Areas of Interest

  • Syntax

    • Movement and Copy pronunciation issues in natural languages

    • Information Structure

    • Interface issues with Phonology, Morphology, Semantics, and Discourse

 

Teaching Experience

  • December, 2015- Present

(Assistant Professor, Manipur University)

  • Monsoon Semester, 2015 (JNU)

(co-taught with Hima Amih) “Introduction to Universal Grammar” (BA)

Education

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics (2021) from Jawaharlal Nehru University (Topic: ‘Information-Structure Related Doubling in Meiteilon’).

  • M.Phil. in Linguistics (2012) from University of Delhi (Topic: ‘Nominal and Verbal Honorific Markers of Meiteilon’).

  • Cleared UGC NET-JRF conducted on 26th June, 2011.

  • M.A. in Linguistics from the Department of Linguistics, University of Delhi (2007-2009).

  • B.A. (General) from Dhanamanjuri College of Arts, Imphal, Manipur University (2004-2007).

 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. (To appear). “Control in Meiteilon: a case of recoverable PRO”. In Bhatia, Sakshi and Dustin Chacón (eds.), Proceedings of Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages 7.

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2018. “Verb-Doubling vis-à-vis Copy Recoverability: an account of Verb-doubling in Meiteilon”. In Yoen-Mee Park (ed.), The Syntax-Phonology Interface in Generative Grammar, Proceedings of The 20th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar: 343-355.

http://www.sicogg.or.kr/pdf/SICOGG20_proceedings.pdf

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2016. “Sluicing the verbal double: a view through Meiteilon”. In Balusu, Rahul and Sandhya Sundaresan (Eds.), Proceedings of Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages 5: 50-63. ISSN: 2510-2818.

https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/jsal/index.php/fasal/issue/view/14

 

Conference Presentations

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2021. “Topics as Entities: evidence from clausal-topicalization in Meiteilon”. Paper presented at the 43rd International Conference of the Linguistic Society of India (ICOLSI-43), 21st - 23rd December 2021 organized by the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore and Linguistic Society of India (LSI).

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2020. “Packaging of ‘Information Blocks’ and Movement”. Paper presented at the first Zoomdemic talk series (on 13th April 2020), hosted by flingjnu.com from 1st – 24th April 2020, JNU, New Delhi.

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2017. “Control in Meiteilon: a case of recoverable PRO”. Poster presented at the Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages 7(FASAL-7), 4th – 5th March 2017 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2016. “Verbal Recursion in Meiteilon”. Paper presented at the 22nd Himalayan Languages Symposium (HLS-22), 8th – 10th June 2016 at Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.

  • Rajkumar, Lalit and Reena Ashem. 2016. “Nominalization: a strategy for honorific enhancement”. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference of South Asian Languages (ICOSAL-12), 7th – 9th January 2016 at University of Hyderabad.

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2015b. “Verb-doubling/predicate-cleft constructions in Meiteilon”. Paper presented at the 37th International Conference of Linguistic Society of India (ICOLSI-37), 15th - 17th October 2015 at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2015a. “Sluicing the verbal double: a view through Meiteilon”. Poster presented at the Fifth Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages (FASAL-5), 11th - 12th April 2015 at Yale University.

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2014b. “DO-support in Meiteilon: questioning the language specific-ness”. Paper presented at the International Conference of Linguistic Society of India (ICOLSI-36), 1st - 4th December 2014 at University of Kerala.

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2014a. “Verbal Doubling in Meiteilon”. Paper presented at the 30th South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable (SALA Roundtable-30), 6th - 8th February 2014 at Centre for Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad.

  • Ashem, Reena and Lalit Rajkumar. 2013. “Syntax-phonology interface in Meiteilon suffixes: an account of /l/, /n/ distribution in the derived and underived paradigm”. Paper presented at the 35th Annual & 1st International Conference of the Linguistic Society of India (ICOLSI), 27th - 29th November 2013 at the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore.

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2013. “Perfect in Meeteilon”. Paper presented at the Seventh Students’ Conference of Linguistics in India (SCONLI-7), 8th - 10th February 2013 at AMU, Aligarh.

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2011. “Wielding the double-edged Meiteilon Verbal Honorific Markers: in awe of the sharp edges of -??/-?? and -pi/-bi”. Paper presented at the 44th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, 7th - 9th October 2011 at CIIL, Mysore.

  • Rajkumar, Lalit. 2010. “Problems and Prospects of Prototyping the Verbal Honorific Markers of Meiteilon”. Paper presented at the 32nd All India Conference of Linguists, 21st - 23rd December 2010 at University of Lucknow.

 

WORSHOPS/SEMINARS

  • Participated in the 9th Linguistics Summer School in the Indian Mountains (LISSIM-9), from 24th May to 6th June, 2015, held at Solang, Himachal Pradesh.

  • Participated in a workshop titled, Clausal Complementation held on the 11th and 12th of December, 2014 at Centre for Linguistics, JNU.

  • Participated in the 8th Linguistics Summer School in the Indian Mountains (LISSIM-8), from 24th May to 6th June, 2014, held at Solang, Himachal Pradesh.

  • Participated in the 7th Linguistics Summer School in the Indian Mountains (LISSIM-7), from 26th May to 15th June, 2013, held at Sidhbari, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

  • Participated in the QIP sponsored workshop on the Faculty of Language: Design and Interfaces held from 11-12 February, 2013 at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

 

Other Presentations

  • 20th August 2018. Presented a paper titled, “The Status of Meiteilon in the Tibeto-Burman Family” at the Seminar on Manipuri Language, Dhanamanjuri College of Arts, Imphal.

  • 19th Oct, 2013. Presented a paper titled, “Nominal and Verbal Honorific Markers of Meiteilon” at the Monthly Seminar of the Manipur Research Forum (MRF), JNU.

  • 4th Oct, 2013. Presented a paper titled, “Nominal and Verbal Honorific Markers of Meiteilon” at Lingchai, IIT Delhi.

  • 4th Sept, 2013. Presented a paper titled, “A morpho-phonological analysis of the /l/-initial suffixes of Meiteilon”, at the JNU Phonetics-Phonology Colloquium (JNU_PPC), JNU.

 

Invited Talks

  • 3rd March 2021. Delivered an online invited talk on the topic ‘Repetitions in Meiteilon’ as a part of Meiteilon Spring Language Online Program 2021, American Institute for Indian Studies (AIIS).

  • 25th March 2021. Delivered an online invited talk on the topic ‘Information Structure Related Doubling in Meiteilon’ as a part of the Advanced Syntax Course of MA (Linguistics) Programme, University of Delhi.

 

Guest Lectures

  • 18th and 25th June; 2nd, 9th, 14th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th July 2020. Delivered 8 weekly Guest Lectures on various topics of Meiteilon as a part of Meiteilon Summer Language Online Program 2020, American Institute for Indian Studies (AIIS).

Courses Taught

  • LIN-105: Introduction to Syntax

  • LIN-204: Intermediate Syntax

  • LIN-405: Advanced Syntax

  • LIN-301: Semantics (Co-teaching)

  • LIN-101: Introduction to Language and Linguistics (Co-teaching)

  • LIN-103: Tibeto-Burman Linguistics (Co-teaching)

  • LIN-401: Field Methods (Co-teaching)


 

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Formal Studies in the Syntax and Semantics of Indian Languages (FOSSSIL).

  • Linguistic Society of India: Life Member since 3rd December 2014 (Membership no.: 42/14).

  • Dravidian Linguistic Association of India: Life Member since October 2021 (Membership no.: 1446/2021).

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 4th September 1986

Languages: Meiteilon, English, and Hindi

Address:

Chingmeirong Mamang Leikai,

Lane-3, Chingkhong Lambi, , Imphal East, Manipur-795010

 

Mobile: +91-8974922920, +91-9953773476

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