Tanya Ivanova-Sullivan

Associate Professor of Russian

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Email: tivanova@unm.edu
Phone: 505 277-4771
Fax: (505) 277-3599
Office: 353B

Personal Statement:

The focus of Dr. Ivanova-Sullivan’s research is Slavic linguistics, particularly morphosyntax and semantics. She has worked on Russian, Bulgarian, and Macedonian from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives. The latter approach is featured in her dissertation on the translation principles in 14th-century Church Slavonic manuscripts translated from Greek (The Ohio State University, 2005). She has published in such venues as Annuaire de L’Universite de Sofia, Ohio State Working Papers in Slavic Studies, Fordham Series in Medieval Studies, Heritage Language Journal, and others.

Educational History:

2005, Ph.D., in Slavic Linguistics, the Ohio State University

Lexical Variation in the Slavonic Thekara Texts:
Semantic and Pragmatic Factors in Medieval Translation Praxis

Directed by Professor Daniel Collins.

1999, M.A,, in Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

1997, M.A., in Bulgarian Philology, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria

1996, B.A., in Bulgarian Philology, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria

Research Interests:

  • Slavic Linguistics: Morphosyntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics
  • The Language of Russian Heritage Speakers in the USA
  • Balkan Languages and Cultures
  • Medieval Translation (Greek-Church Slavonic)

Selected Publications:


  • Theoretical and experimental aspects of syntax-discourse interface in heritage grammars. Brill, 2014.
    Please see: http://www.brill.com

Articles & Book Chapters

  • “Interpretation of anaphoric subject pronouns in heritage Russian”, in Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Second Language Research Forum: Building Bridges between Disciplines. Eds. Ryan T. Miller, Katherine I. Martin, Chelsea M. Eddington, Ashlie Henery, Nausica Marcos Miguel, Alison M. Tseng, Alba Tuninetti, and Daniel Walter. 145-154. Cascadilla Press, 2014. Please see: http://www.lingref.com
  • “Electronic inter-cultural communication”(with S. Shimberg), in Russian. In Translation. Language. Culture. Ed. by E.B. Dvoretskaja, 21-28. Saint Petersburg: Leningrad State University, 2013
  • Bulgarian Crime Fiction: From Artistry to Arbitrariness" (with Y. Hashamova), Balkanistica 25 (2012): 75-100
  • A Project for Digital Corpus of Slavic Lexical Variants in Translated Texts of the 14th Century" (with L. Taseva). In: Bulgarian-American Dialogues. Proceedings of the Eight Joint Meeting of Bulgarian and North American Scholars, Varna, Bulgaria, June 13-15, 2008, and of the Seven Joint Meeting of Bulgarian and North American Scholars, Columbus, Ohio, USA, October 9-12, 2003. Ed. A. Miltenova and C. Vakarelijska, 408-420. Sofia: Academic Publishing House "Prof. Marin Drinov", 2010.
  • Lost in Between: The Case of Russian Heritage Speakers (with L. Isurin) 
    In Heritage Language Journal 6.1. (2008). Please see: http://www.heritagelanguages.org/
  • Discourses on Reading in the Tradition of Slavia Orthodoxa: Distribution and Function
    In Studia palaeoslavica 2. ed. M. Dimitrova, P. Petkov, and I. Hristova. (Sofia 2005).
  • Interpreting Medieval Literacy: Learning and Education in Slavia Orthodoxa and Byzantium in the 9th-12th centuries. 
    In Medieval Education. ed. R. Begley and J. Koterski. (Fordham University Press 2005).
  • Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite in two 14th-century translations: the concepts of Good, Beautiful and Love in the Slavic translation of Isaj of Ser and Thekara. 
    In Übersetzungen des 14. Jahrhunderts im Balkanraum
    ed. L. Taseva, M. Jovcheva, C. Voss, and T. Pentkovskaja. (Sofia 2004).
  • The Metamorphoses of the Affix – OV in Bulgarian. 
    In Balkan and Slavic Linguistics. Ohio State Working Papers in Slavic Studies 2
    ed. D. Collins and A. Sims. (OSU 2003).

Selected Conference Presentations:

  • Shallow Processing of Referential Dependencies in Heritage Russian, at the Second Language Research Forum, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburg, October 18-21, 2012
  • Pronoun Resolution by Heritage Russian Speakers: Linguistic and Processing Factors, at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics, Boston, March 24-27, 2012
  • Comprehension and Production at the Syntax-Pragmatics Interface in Heritage Russian, at the 5th Heritage Language Research Institute, UCLA, June 2011
  • Comprehension of Indefinite Determiners by Russian Heritage Speakers, at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistic Society, University of Chicago, October 29-31, 2010
  • Null Anaphora in the Language of Russian Heritage Speakers, First International Conference on Heritage Languages”, UCLA, February 2010
  • Crime, Politics, and Free Market: Post-Socialist Transformations of Crime Fiction in Bulgaria, at The Southwest Texas, Popular Culture and American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM. February 25-28, 2009
  • Morphosyntactic features of the delimitative prefix pro- in Russian, at the AATSEEL Annual Conference, Chicago. December 2007

Awards and Grants:

  • Large Research Allocation Grant, University of New Mexico, Fall 2011
  • Course development small grant, National Security Studies Program, UNM, Summer 2010
  • Small grant for participation in the 6th Annual Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence Summer Seminar, August 1-4, 2010, National Harbor, MD
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship of the Department of Education,
    Summer Russian Language Teachers Program in Moscow State University (2006)

Teaching Interests:

  • General Linguistics
  • Slavic Linguistics
  • Translation Theory and Practice
  • Cultural Studies

Representative Courses:

  • COMP 330 – Balkan Culture: Construction of Identities
  • MLNG 101 – Approaches to Languages and Cultures
  • RUSS 490/MLNG 457 - Understanding Others: The Multifaceted World of Human Communication
  • RUSS 201-202 - Intermediate Russian
  • RUSS 301-302 - Advanced Russian
  • RUSS 338 – Modern Russian Culture
  • RUSS 339 – 19th-century Russian Culture and History Through Film
  • RUSS 401 – Russia Today (contemporary Russian nonfiction in Russian)