Professor Emerita of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics, University of
4088 FLB, 707 S. Mathews Street, Urbana,
Phone: 217 333 3563
Kachru is Professor Emerita of Linguistics at
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the USA. After
teaching in the Department of Linguistics at University of
Illinois between 1965-99, she took early retirement and is now
engaged in research and publishing.
She completed her M.A. in Hindi Language and Literature from
Patna University (1955) with a first rank in the first
division and was awarded two gold medals. She taught at Ranchi
Women?s College, Ranchi, India briefly (1956-58). Between
1966-58 she attended various linguistic institutes held at
Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, Pune and
other locations in India under the auspices of the Linguistic
Society of India, Rockefeller Foundation and Deccan College
Postgraduate and Research Institute, and was selected to join
the Deccan College as a Rockefeller Fellow in 1958. She
completed a Diploma in Linguistics with Distinction and was
invited to teach at the University of London School of
Oriental and African Studies in 1959. She taught and conducted
research on Hindi there and was awarded a Ph.D. degree in
Linguistics in 1965. The topic of her Ph.D. thesis was A
Transformational Treatment of Hindi Verbal Syntax, the first
analysis of Hindi based on the Chomskyan model.
Professor Kachru has written a number of books and over fifty
research papers on various aspects of Hindi grammatical
structure. Among them are An Introduction to Hindi Syntax
(University of Illinois, Department of Linguistics, 1966),
hindii ruppantaraNaatmak vyaakaraN ke kuch prakaraN (Topics in
a Transformational Grammar of Hindi, Central Institute of
Hindi, Agra, 1974), Aspects of Hindi Syntax (Manohar, 1980),
hindii kaa samsaamayik vyaakaraN (A Contemporary Grammar of
Hindi, Macmillan Co. of India, 1980). She has done pioneering
research on discourse on Hindi. Her grammar of Hindi is
scheduled to be published later this year in the Oriental and
African Language Library series (John Benjamins, Amsterdam).
Professor Kachru was a Senior Fellow of the American Institute
of Indian Studies in India in 1967-68 when she organized the
first international conference on Hindi linguistics together
with Dr. Braj Kachru. The conference was jointly sponsored by
the American Institute of Indian Studies and Department of
Linguistics of Delhi University. The then Director of the
Institute, Dr. Pradeep Mehendiratta, and the then head of
Linguistics, Delhi, the late Professor Prabodh B. Pandit made
enormous contributions to the success of this international
event attended by one of the intiators of modern linguistic
studies in India, the late Professor Sumitra Mangesh Katre,
Director, Deccan College, and the late J. A. B. van Buitenen,
Distinguished Professor of Sanskrit, Chicago University, and
translator of Mahabharata, along with scholars from many
Indian universities and all Indian language institutes (e.g.,
Central Institute of Hindi, Agra; K. M. Munshi Institute of
Hindi, Agra; Central Institute if English and Foreign
Languages, Hyderabad; Central Institute of Indian Languages,
Mysore). Select papers from the conference presentations were
edited by Drs. Braj and Yamuna Kachru and published by the
American Institute of Indian Studies, Delhi (Studies in Hindi
In addition to research, Professor Kachru has been active in
teaching Hindi to speakers of other languages, especially,
English. Her work in this area is reflected in Intermediate
Hindi (maadhyamik hindii, Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1983;
co-author, Rajeshwari Pandharipande). This volume has gone
through many reprints.
Professor Yamuna Kachru?s research in Hindi, especially An
Introduction to Hindi Syntax, led to many linguistic
descriptions of Hindi and related languages and thesis
submissions in Indian and overseas universities. Professor
Kachru herself has conducted typological research on Bengali,
Marathi, Urdu, Kashmiri and other Indian languages. Her
co-edited book, Language in South Asia is scheduled to appear
later this year (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge;
co-editors, Braj B. Kachru and S. N. Sridhar).
More than forty scholars have completed their Ph.D. under the
direction of Professor Kachru. Notable among the Indian
scholars are Tej K. Bhatia (Syracuse University, New York),
Rajeshwari Pandharipande (University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign), and K. V. Subbarao (Delhi University).
Among American scholars, Susan K. Donaldson, Geoffrey J.
Hackman, Kenneth R. Rose, and Phil Morrow are holding
positions at educational institutions in the USA or abroad or
in the US administration.
Professor Kachru has lectured on linguistic topics related to
Hindi at national and international conferences in the USA and
India and many other countries, e.g., Australia, Belgium,
England, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. She
has also worked on Indian English, and English as used in
Asian, African, and other countries around the world. In this
area her latest publication is a co-authored book, World
Englishes in Asian Contexts (Hong Kong University Press;
co-author, Cecil L. Nelson). A co-edited volume, Handbook of
World Englishes (Blackwell, Oxford; co-editors, Braj B. Kachru
and Cecil L. Nelson) is to appear this month. Professor Kachru
is a member of the Editorial Board of World Englishes
(journal, published by Blackwell, Oxford) and ?Asian Englishes
Today? book series (Hong Kong University Press), and the
Executive Committee of the International Association for World
Undergraduate: B.A., Bihar University, 1953.
Graduate: M.A., Patna University, 1955.
Diploma in Linguistics, Deccan College Postgraduate and
Research Institute, Poona, 1958-59.
Ph.D. (General Linguistics), University of London, 1965.
Thesis: A Transformational Treatment of Hindi Verbal
Syntax (Advisor: Late Professor C.E. Bazell; External
Examiner: Professor John Lyons)
RESEARCH AWARDS AND
Two Gold Medals for standing first in the first class in M.A.
Examination, Patna University, Patna, 1955.
Distinction in Diploma in Linguistics, Deccan College, Poona,
Faculty Research Fellow, American Institute of Indian
Studies, 1967-68, 1971-72, and 1985-86. Short-term Awards,
1978-79, 1981-82. 1985-86.
Research grant, Research Board of the University of Illinois,
1970-71, 1973-75, 1975-77, 1980-81, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1988-89,
1989-90, 1991, 1992, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 97-98, 2002-03,
Travel grants to attend professional meetings in the U.S.A.
and abroad from the Research Board of the Graduate College, UI-UC.
American Council of Learned Societies, and the Smithsonian
Associate in the Center for Advanced Study, University of
Illinois, Fall 1975.
Principle Investigator of project on Hindi Syntax, Office of
Health, Education, and Welfare. Research Contract to the
Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois, July
1965-November 1966. Project grant, $33,000. Result: a book
entitled, An Introduction to Hindi Syntax.
Evaluator for National Science Foundation, National Endowment
for the Humanities, Research Board UIUC, Foundations of
Language, Language, Linguistic Inquiry, Lingua, Studies in the
Linguistic Sciences, IDEAL, World Englishes, Studies in Second
Professor of Linguistics, University of Illinois, 1994-98.
Professor of Linguistics and of English, University of
Associate Professor of Linguistics, English, and Asian
Studies, University of Illinois, 1968-71.
Research Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Department of
Linguistics, University of Illinois, 1065-67.
Lecturer in Hindi, School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London, London. 1959-65.
Fellow in Linguistics, Deccan College Postgraduate and
Research Institute, Poona, 1958-59.
Lecturer in Hindi, Ranchi Women's College, Ranchi, 1956-58.
Acting Director, Division of English as a Second
Language, University of Illinois, 1984-85; Division of English
as an International Language, University of Illinois, 1988-89.
Co-Chair, Organizing Committee, the Annual
International Conference on Pragmatics and Language Learning,
Observer, Language and Literature Committee, South Asia
Regional Council of the Association for Asian Studies (1978-79).
Member, Committee of Bibliographers, MLA Bibliography for
Languages and Linguistics (Indo-Aryan Section) (1978).
Chair, Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics,
Linguistic Society of America (1985-86).
Studies in the Linguistics Sciences, Special Issue on
Hindi Linguistics, 1971;
Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, Special Issue on
Dimensions of South Asian Linguistics, Fall, 1981;
TESL Studies, (1971-84);
Issues and Developments in English Applied Linguistics [IDEAL]
Guest Editor, World Englishes 6;3, Special Issue on Pedagogical
Grammars of English: Approaches and Resources, Winter, 1987;
Oxford, Pergamon Press
Guest Editor, (with Lawrence Bouton) Special issue on Pragmatics
and Language Learning, IDEAL 4.
Guest Editor, World Englishes 10:3. Winter 1991.
Symposium on Speech Acts in World Englishes. Oxford: Pergamon
Guest Editor, South Asian Language Review 3:1. January
Editor, Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, Special
Issue on Language, Gender and Power, Fall, 1995.
Member, Editorial Board, World Englishes (Blackwell,
Oxford, 1995-1999), and English in Asia (electronic
journal published by National Institute of Education, Singapore)
Linguistic Society of America (1965-); Linguistic Society of
India (1958-); Teachers of English to Speakers of Other
Languages (1976-1997); American Association for Applied
Linguistics (1978-), International Association of World