R. Lalitha Raja

Research Project: 
Significance of Optimality Theory in phonological acquisition and in assessment and intervention of phonological disorders.
Duration of Fellowship: 
Jul 2016 to Jul 2018

Lalitha Raja, Fellow at IIAS, Shimla works on "Significance of Optimality Theory in Phonological Acquisition and Assessment and Intervention of Phonological Disorders." She is an Assistant Professor at CAS in Linguistics, Annamalai University. In addition to the post of Assistant Professor, is in-charge for the ‘Centre for Speech and Language Disorder Studies’ that has set as an extension activity of CAS in Linguistics, Annamalai University. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics (Psycholinguistics) and her research interests are in Clinical, Psycho and Cognitive Linguistics. She is a Psychologist and Special Educator too. She has completed 4 Major Research Projects; funded by UGC, ICSSR, and AYJNIHH and one on-going funded by ICSSR which are in the area of Child language acquisition and disorders. She is also successfully working with children with various speech and language disorders in the center for developing communication skills with the support of Raja Muthiah Medical College and Hospital, Annamalai University. She is the Adjunct faculty for teaching Clinical Linguistics to Speech and Language Pathology students of SRM University, Chennai and Manipal University, Manipal. She is the recipient of Best Paper Award for young scholar and Top Ranker Award in Linguistics at All India Level from Dravidian Linguistics Association; Best Researcher Award from Annamalai University; Best Women Achiever from Kshatriya Raju’s Association; and Best Service Award for Servicing in Learning Disability-Dyslexia Screening Project from “The Indian Academy of Pediatrics”. She is the consultant for the 4 Special Schools in Chennai and Chidambaram. She has presented more than 50 research papers in child language disorders in National and International conferences. Out of her research career, she has published one book and more than 40 articles in reputed journals and proceedings.