Shakuntala Mahanta
Education & Research Training
1999 MA in English Literature & Linguistics, Gauhati University,Assam, India
2000 Post Graduate Diploma (specialization in Linguistics and Phonetics), Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
2001 Mphil in Linguistics and Phonetics (Passed in 2002), CIEFL,Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
2002 PhD course work, CIEFL, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India Sept 2003
– April 2007 PhD student. Utrecht institute of Linguistics – OTS (Onderzoek instituut voor Taal en Spraak), The Netherlands
2004 LOT Winter School, ACLC Amsterdam
2004 LOT Summer School, UiL-OTS Utrecht
2005 LOT Winter School, Groningen
2005 LOT Summer School, Leiden
2007 Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, Stanford


PhD Dissertation
Directionality and Locality in Vowel Harmony
(defended and finished all requirements on 15th June 2007)
Dissertation Promotor: Prof. Wim Zonneveld

Committee members:
Prof. Rene Kager
Utrecht University
Prof. Haike Jacobs
University of Nijmegen
Prof. Janet Grijzenhout
University of Konstanz
Joe Pater
Associate Professor
UMass Amherst

M. Phil Dissertation
Some aspects of Prominence in Assamese and Assamese English (A study of prominence
in the Optimality Theory framework), passed in 2002.
Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. K. G. Vijayakrishnan