Madhavan Punnapurath

Research Project: 
Meaning in Languages: A Comparison of the Dominant Themes and their treatment in the western and India/ Sanskrit Traditions
Duration of Fellowship: 
Sep 2016 to Sep 2018

Prof. P Madhavan teaches at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, in the Department of Linguistics and Contemporary English, School of Language Sciences. His areas of specialization are syntax, semantics and philosophy of language. He did his Ph D at CIEFL, Hyderabad (1987) on the structure of cleft and pseudo cleft sentences, within the Chomskyan syntactic theory.

Prof. Madhavan has published papers in national and international journals on issues in syntactic theory. A book in Malayalam on Chomskyan syntax was launched in February 2017.He has also presented papers at international conferences, and has given talks at various centres in India and abroad.

Prof. Madhavan has been supervising M Phil and Ph D students at EFLU since 1993 - so far 17 students have successfully completed M Phil, and 22 Ph D, not counting ongoing research. 

He is an avid chess player (with an ELO rating above 2100), and is well-versed in the historical evolution of the game - he is a serious student of 'chess theory'.