Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Anindita Sahoo

Assistant Professor

Research Interest

  • Linguistic Typology
  • Syntax
  • Indian English Grammar
  • Language Acquisition
  • Pragmatics
  • Historical Linguistics
  •  August 2017 – Present IIT Madras, Chennai
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Linguistic Anthropolgy
  • Business Communication
  • Professional Ethics
  • Copula Constructions in Indo Aryan Languages: Typological and Discourse Pragmatics Perspectives”, (ongoing), New Faculty Seed Grant, Funded by IIT Madras.

The objective of the research proposed here is to provide a typological description and a discourse pragmatic analysis of copula constructions in Indo-Aryan languages. More specifically, using conversational data, we will identify the morphosyntactic features and discourse functions of copula constructions in Odia, Bangla, Hindi and Gujarati. Findings from this study will contribute to a better understanding of how copulas are used to express speakers’ subjective stance and interpersonal relationships with other interlocutors.

Selected Publications

  • Chandra, P. and Sahoo, A. (2015). Ditransitive Active-passives in Malayalam: A brief note. International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, Vol 44:1. Dravidian Linguistics Association.
  • Chandra, P. and Sahoo, A. (2014). Learning Puzzles with Indian English Tags’. Language and Language Teaching, Vol 3:2, Azim Premji University and Vidya Bhavan Society.
  • Chandra, P. and Sahoo, A. (2013). Passives in South Asian Languages: Some Typological Puzzles, Acta Linguistica Asiatica, Vol 3:1, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Chandra, P. and Sahoo, A. (2010). Gradience In ditransitives and morphological specifities: The case Of Oriya, AICL-32 Conference Proceedings, Linguistic Society of India.
  • Sahoo, A. (2010). Odia passives with ditransitives, LAEL-5 PG Conference Proceedings, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.
  • Book chapter titled ‘Headlines: Same-lines, In Sheikh’, Aejaz M. (Ed). News Media Discourse: Issues and Perspectives. Hope International. pp 228-238. ISBN: 978-8192979-50-2.
  • Article titled ‘ODISHA AND ODIA: Conceptualizing Linguistic and Cultural Identities’ at
  • ‘Conceptualizing Linguistic and Cultural Identities’ Presented at National Conference on Language, Identity and Society: Centrality of Language in Formation of Identity in Contemporary Society, Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, from 30th to 31st October 2015.
  • ‘Headlines: Same Lines’ Presented at Free Linguistics Conference 2015, De La Salle University, Manila, the Philippines, from 24th to 26th Sept 2015.
  • The development of copulas and their functions: A typological perspective .(Co-authors: Foong Ha Yap, Abhishek Kumar Kashyap, Mizuho Tamaji), Presented at 20th Himalayan Languages Symposium (HLS 20), Nanyang Technical University, Singapore, from 16th July to 18th July 2014.
  • ‘Error, or no error: An analysis’ Presented at 8th Students Conference of Linguistics in India (SCONLI 8), Kashmir University, Srinagar, From 24th March to 26th March 2014.
  • (Re-)visiting the Principles of Reflexivization: A Study of Reflexives in Khasi’, Presented at 23rd Annual Meeting of the South East Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS 2013), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, from 29th May to 31st May 2013.
  • ‘Scope Patterns in Oriya’, (With Dr. Pritha Chandra), Presented at South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable 29 CIIL, Mysore, from 6th January to 9th January 2011.
  • ‘Gradience In Ditransitives and Morphological Specifities: The Case Of Oriya’(With Dr. Pritha Chandra) Presented at All India Conference of Linguists,Lucknow University, on 21st December, 2010.
  • ‘Oriya Passives with Ditransitives’ Presented at Lancaster Post Graduate Conference Lancaster University, UK, on 5th July 2010.
  • Yes-no Questions: Probing the Structures of Indian English (With Pritha Chandra), Presented at 31st All India Conference of Linguistics, Hyderabad Central University, from 15th to 17th Dec 2009.
  • Title: ‘Re-Understanding passives from South Asian perspectives’ Delivered at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on 2nd October 2015.
  • Title: ‘Phonology-Morphology Mismatches in English: A Case Study on New Words’ Delivered at BITS Pilani (Hyderabad Campus) on 27th Aug 2016.