Tanya Ivanova-Sullivan

Associate Professor of Russian

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Email:  tivanova@unm.edu
Office:  353B
Hours:  Please email tivanova@unm.edu for appointment

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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. 


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)


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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Courses taught at UNM:

  • 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)