PRAKASH MONDAL

Office Address: Room No. E-221, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Email: prakashmondal(AT)iith.ac.in
 

Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Department of Liberal Arts
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Kandi, Sangareddy
Telangana 502285

Office Phone: +(91) 040-2301-8462

Education:

BA in English from the University of North Bengal, Siliguri (2006)
MA in Linguistics from The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad (2008)
PhD in Linguistics from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (2014)

I am broadly interested in issues of how the faculty of language works in human cognition and how it links to other domains of cognition. More specifically, my research interests revolve around investigations into the nature and form of the architecture of the language faculty within the cognitive substrate and how this relates to issues of semantics and computation. To understand these issues deeply, I have investigated the nature of the computational properties of natural language, the biolinguistic basis of knowledge of language, the nature of logical form with respect to the issue of semantic computation, the form of linguistic computation vis-a-vis the cultural grounding of cognition, the formal properties of linguistic meaning that obtains at the interface linking language to cognitive structures underlying emotive expressions, and also the nature of machine cognition in relation to computation. In general, my papers and books (published or forthcoming) are at the cross-section of language, cognition and computation. Some of them are available below:

Selected Publications:

Books:

1. Language, Mind and Computation. London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


2. Natural Language and Possible Minds: How Language Uncovers the Cognitive Landscape of Nature. Amsterdam/New York: Brill.



3. Language, Biology, and Cognition. Completed.



4. Language and Cognitive Structures of Emotion. London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


5. The Nature of the Language Faculty. In Preparation.



Papers:

1. How Limited is the Limit?

2. Exploring the N-th Dimension of Language

3. Toward a Unified Computational Model of Quantificational Scope Readings

4. Can Internalism and Externalism be Reconciled in a Biological Epistemology of Language?

5. Logical Form vs Logical Form: How does the Difference Matter for Semantic Computationality?

6. How Language Processing Constrains (Computational) Natural Language Processing: A Cognitive Perspective

7. Does (Linguistic) Computation Need Culture to Make Cognition Viable?

8. How the Intentionality of Emotion can be Traced to the Intensionality of Emotive Expressions: Intensionality in Emotive Predicates.

9. On the Computational Character of Semantic Structures.

10. Does Computation Reveal Machine Cognition?

11. How Does the Faculty of Language Relate to Rules, Axioms and Constraints?