SUNY Distinguished Service Professor
Professor S.N. Sridhar is Professor of Linguistics and India Studies, and Director of the Center for India Studies. He received the B.A. (Honors) and M.A. degrees in English and Linguistics from Bangalore University, India, and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a member of the faculty at Stony Brook University since 1980.
Professor Sridhar has conducted extensive research in a number of areas of linguistics. They include bilingualism (language contact and convergence), sociolinguistics (code-switching and code-mixing, language modernization, language spread), second language acquisition (contrastive analysis, implications of language acquisition in non-native settings for second language acquisition theory), World Englishes (structure and functions of Indian English and other non-native varieties of English), methods and materials for teaching English as a second language in India, descriptive linguistics (reference grammar of Kannada), theoretical linguistics (syntax of dative subjects, morphology of agglutination, level ordering, productivity), psycholinguistics (cross-linguistic experimental study of cognitive universals of sentence production, processing of code-mixing), applied linguistics (scope and relation to linguistic theory), historical linguistics (acquisition of subjecthood, linguistic area), contact-induced language change), and history of linguistics (contributions of the Indian grammatical tradition). Currently, he is working on Indian English as a paradigm of bilingual competence and on a stylistic analysis of the classic Kannada poet Kumara Vyasa.
Professor Sridhar is author of three books (Kannada: Descriptive Grammar (Routledge, 1990 and Manohar (in press)), Cognition and Sentence Production: A Cross-Linguistic Study (Springer Verlag, 1986), and Indina Kannada (“Contemporary Kannada: Structure and Function,” Kannada University, 1995 and Abhinava, 2009); co-editor of two reference volumes (Ananya: A Portrait of India (AIA, 1997), and Language in South Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and six special issues of journals. He has published over 50 journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries.
Professor Sridhar’s research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and Senior Faculty Research Fellowships of the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has been designated Senior/Superior Scholar in the Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Among the many graduate and undergraduate courses Professor Sridhar has taught are Bilingualism, and Second Language Acquisition. He currently teaches Introduction to Indian Civilization, Language and Society in South Asia, and Great Books of India.
Professor Sridhar is a co-founder of South Asian Languages Analysis (SALA) and organized its international conferences at Stony Brook in 1983 and 2004. He has also organized or co-organized conferences on Dravidian Linguistics, India Studies, the Teaching of Linguistics, and Teaching of Asian Languages. He has been a plenary or keynote speaker at many international conferences, member of editorial board of journals, evaluator of Linguistics and Asian Studies programs for funding agencies.
Professor Sridhar spearheaded the faculty committee for Asian studies in the 1990s and served as the founding Chair of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies from 2002-2008. With the help of his colleagues, administration, and the Indian American community he initiated the Center for India Studies at Stony Brook in 1997, served as its founding Director (1997-2002) and is again serving as Director since 2008. He initiated also Stony Brook's summer Study Abroad program in Bangalore, India, in 2004 and has directed it since. He co-directed the Winter Institute in Kannada Linguistics at Kannada University, Hampi, in 1995.
Professor Sridhar is also active in the community. He founded the India Society of Stony Brook in 1989 and served as its first President until 1994. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Indians in America and of the American Institute of Indian Studies.