Veneeta Dayal appointed the Diebold Professor of Linguistics

Linguistics Professor Veneeta Dayal
Veneeta Dayal

Veneeta Dayal, recently named as the Dorothy R. Diebold Professor of Linguistics, focuses her research on the semantics of natural language and its interface with syntax and pragmatics, typically from a cross-linguistic perspective.

Dayal’s primary areas of language specialization are English and Hindi-Urdu. She has published widely in leading journals in the field of linguistics, including Linguistic Inquiry, Linguistics and Philosophy, Natural Language Semantics, and Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, among other publications. She is the author of “Locality in Wh Quantification” and “Questions,” and co-editor of “Clause Structure in South Asian Languages.”

A native of India, Dayal received a B.A., M.A., and M.Phil in English literature from Delhi University. She earned her Ph.D. in linguistics from Cornell University.

Dayal is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant, a Fulbright Senior Research Award, a Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies, and a Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship.

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