Main menu



Rajesh Kumar

Associate Professor
Room No.: HSB 345
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 4537
Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Academic Background:
  • PhD (Linguistics), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MPhil (Linguistics), University of Delhi
  • MA (Linguistics), University of Delhi
Research interests:
  • Language in Education
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Linguistic Theory
  • Language and Cognition
  • Advanced Linguistics (Spring 13, Spring 14)
  • Applied Linguistics (Fall 13, Spring 15)
  • Introduction tLinguistics (Fall 13, Fall 14)
  • Principles and Parameters of Natural Language (Spring 14, Spring 15)
  • Language and Society in India (Fall 14)
  • Coordinator for English (2013, 2014)
Teaching Experience:
  • I I T Madras (2012- xxxx)
  • I I T Patna (2009-2012)
  • I I T Kanpur (2006-2007)
  • University of Texas at Austin (2002-2006 and 2007-2009)
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Visiting Faculty since 2009)
Honours and Awards:
  • Fellow of the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Chair (2002-03) in the Department of Asian Studies and the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, U.S.A.
  • Henry Kahane award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant 2001, Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, U.S.A.
  • 'Ranked as Excellent Teaching Assistant by students' in Spring 1999, Fall 1999, Spring 2000, Spring 2001, Fall 2001 and Spring 2002 (Published in Daily Illini) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, U.S.A.
  • Awarded Eligibility for Lectureship in June 1997 by the University Grants Commission of India, New Delhi, India.
  • Negation and licensing of negative polarity items in Hindi syntax, New York, London: Routledge, 2006
    (This book was selected by Routledge, New York for publication in their prestigious series 'Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics'.)
  • Some Landmarks in the History of Ideas -- Jayant Lele Lectures (Edited with Rama Kant Agnihotri), Udaipur/ Bangalore: Vidya Bhawan Society, Udaipur and Azim Premji University, Bangalore, 2011.
Invited Talks:
  • 2014, ''Speech is a Mirror of the Soul- as we speak, sare we': A perspective from Nature of Language', A Rukmani Lakshmipathy Endowment Lecture at Women's Christian College (University of Madras) Chennai, (28 January, 2014)
  • 2014, Language Acquisition and Multilingualism: Role of Linguistics in Language Teaching [Education], A plenary talk at the K.M. Prabhakara Variar Memorial Seminar on Dimensions of Contemporary Linguistics in the Department of Malayalam at the University of Madras, Chennai (10 January, 2014)
  • 2013 'Universal Grammar and Multilingualism in Education: A Case of India' Keynote Address at the First International Conference in English Language Education (Association for English Language Educators and Researchers) at the School of Education of the Moi University at Eldoret (Kenya) 24-27 September, 2013
  • 2013 'Linguistic Theory and Form vs. Function: A Hands on Approach', An invited focus talk at the International Student's Conference on Linguistics in India (SCONLI-7), Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (8-10 February, 2013)
  • 2012 'Nature and Structure of Language (Language in Education), Room tRead (an autonomous institution working in the field of education), New Delhi
  • 2011 'Language Teaching and Theoretical Linguistics' at the University Grants Commission Sponsored National Workshop on Globalization, National Integration and English Language Teaching in India at the J D Women's College Patna in association with Guild of National English Writers, Editors, and Critics (GIEWEC), Kerala
  • 2010 'What makes a sentence: Implications and reflections' at the Special Center for Sanskrit Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • 2010 'Representation of culturally sensitive information in language: Implications for resolving ambiguities' in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi
  • 2009 'Structure of language' at the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Patna
  • 2008 'Linguistic analyses and their implications for language teaching' at Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai
  • 2008 'Representations of cultural components in syntactic structures of Hindi' at Vidya Bhawan Society Udaipur
  • 2008 'Teaching a language in the context and learning from errors' at Educational Resource Center, Vidya Bhawan Society Udaipur
Professional Memberships:
  • Life member, Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC
  • Life member, Linguistic Society of India, Pune, MH
  • Life member (L15158), Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, WB
  • Life Member, Dravidian Linguistics Association of India, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  • Life Member, Association for English Studies of India
  • Life Member (LMI-3452), Indian Sociological Society, New Delhi
  • Life Member (9192), Sandarbha (Eklavya, Bhopal)
  • Member, Forum for Teachers of English Language and Literature (FORTELL), New Delhi, India.