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:

Tanya Ivanova-Sullivan’s interests and expertise are in the theoretical and applied aspects of heritage and L2 language acquisition. In her publications Dr. Ivanova-Sullivan examines the mechanisms and outcomes of language acquisition along with the role of input and other sociolinguistic variables. Her recent work includes experimental studies with adult and child heritage speakers in the areas of Russian and Bulgarian morphosyntax and discourse-pragmatics. Her research and teaching experience with Russian heritage speakers provide theoretical insights and pedagogical tools to address the specific type of linguistic knowledge and learning needs of heritage speakers in the classroom and beyond. 

Educational History:

Education: Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics, the Ohio State University (2005)

Research Interests:

  • Heritage linguistics
  • First and second language acquisition
  • Slavic morphosyntax and semantics
  • Linguistic and cultural aspects of immigration
  • Diachronic linguistics (Balkan languages)

Selected Publications:

Theoretical and Experimental Aspects of Syntax-Discourse Interface in Heritage GrammarsTheoretical and Experimental Aspects of Syntax-Discourse Interface in Heritage Grammars (Brill, 2014)

In Theoretical and Experimental Aspects of Syntax-Discourse Interface in Heritage Grammars, Tanya Ivanova-Sullivan investigates comprehension and production of anaphoric dependencies with null and overt subject pronouns. She discusses the divergent behaviour of the heritage speakers of Russian by providing a closer look at their proficiency level, quantity of input and order of language acquisition. She explains the results with various degrees of successful application of pragmatic principles and efficiency in allocating cognitive resources. The contribution of the monograph lies in the discussion of theoretical and experimental issues related to anaphora resolution along with an investigation of all aspects of representation and processing of anaphoric pronouns by heritage, L2 and monolingual speakers.

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Selected Conference Presentations:

  • Shallow Processing of Referential Dependencies in Heritage Russian, at the Second Language Research Forum, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh, 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:

  • MLNG 101 – Approaches to Languages and Cultures
  • RUSS 490/MLNG 457 - Understanding Others
  • 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)