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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Sana Kidwai

College: Fitzwilliam College           


Supervisor: Dr Theresa Biberauer

Research Topic: Decomposition of Urdu Case



Sana is a third year PhD student from Pakistan. Sana did her undergraduate in Linguistics at University College London. She then came to Cambridge in 2018 for an MPhil in Linguistics.



Sana’s PhD project aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the Urdu case system under a minimalist framework. The main intuition is that case features (e.g. nominative, accusative) are not opaque, but rather can be decomposed into bundles of sub-features (e.g. ±finite, ±definite) which are checked by functional heads (e.g. T, v). Manipulating the sub-features allows us to capture similarities in the behaviour of nominals with different case forms and differences between the behaviour of nominals with the same case forms.



Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship



Li9 2020-21

Associate lecturer at ARU for Revealing English Structure 2021


Conference papers

A Case for Bare Accusatives in Hindi-Urdu (FASAL-10); The Urdu Active Impersonal (IGG-26); The Urdu Active Impersonal (FASAL-11).



Automatic language identification in code-switched Hindi-English social media text (JOHD); Case-Mismatching in Urdu Sluicing (COPiL).


Other activities and roles

Co-Editor of The Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics (COPiL), MCR Vice-President 2020-21, MCR Social Secretary 2019-20.


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