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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

 

Sana Kidwai

College: Fitzwilliam College           

Email: sak83@cam.ac.uk

Supervisor: Dr Theresa Biberauer

Research Topic: Decomposition of Urdu Case

 

About

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.

 

Research

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.

 

Scholarships/Prizes

Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship

 

Teaching

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).

 

Publications

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.

 

Personal website

https://sanakidwai.github.io