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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. 2023. “Nominal Honorification in Meiteilon”. Aligarh Journal of Linguistics 12: 291-300.

  • 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. 2023. “Self-hood as a feature: Evidences of Self versus Others in Meiteilon and Chiru”. Paper presented at the National Conference on Language and Linguistics (NCLL), 17th – 18th March 2023 organized by Department of Linguistics and Language Technology, Tezpur University, Assam.  

  • 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

  • Chaired a session (Session-IX: Syntax) at National Conference on Language and Linguistics (NCLL), 17th – 18th March 2023 organized by Department of Linguistics and Language Technology, Tezpur University, Assam.

  • Presented an invited talk titled, “The concept and revelation of self in languages: Evidences from volitionality and negation in Meiteilon and Chiru” in the 3-Day National Seminar on “Development and Promotion of Non-Scheduled Languages: Challenges and Opportunities in North East India”, organized by Bharatiya Bhasha Samiti, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India in collaboration with Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies, Dahung, Arunachal Pradesh & Special Centre for the Study of North East India, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi held on 1st to 3rd February 2023 at Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Chaired a session titled “Tribal/Minority Language and Oral Tradition” in the 3-Day National Seminar on “Development and Promotion of Non-Scheduled Languages: Challenges and Opportunities in North East India”, organized by Bharatiya Bhasha Samiti, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India in collaboration with Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies, Dahung, Arunachal Pradesh & Special Centre for the Study of North East India, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi held on 1st to 3rd February 2023 at Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh.

 

  • 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.

Organization of Academic Events

  • As a Coordinator, Organized a 3-Day National Conference titled, “Languages and Knowledge System: Distinctiveness and Prosperous Features of Texts and Oratures in North East India” in Collaboration with the Special Centre for the Study of North East India, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Dr. G. Amarjit Sharma and Dr. Kh. Bijoykumar Singh as Co-Coordinators) from 1st to 3rd March 2023, which was fully funded by the Bharatiya Bhasha Samiti, Ministry of Education, Government of India.

  • Organized a Fortnightly Departmental Seminar titled LING-MEET from May to December 2022.

 

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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