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University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Linguistics

Marcin Dadan

Published on September, 1 2012 at 7:13pm

Marcin Dadan

My name is Marcin Robert Dadan and I was born in Warsaw, Poland. My adventure with linguistics started four years ago in India. When I finished the third year of Indian Studies at Warsaw University, I was offered a scholarship to study Hindi at the University of Delhi. Suddenly, I found myself in this multilingual and multicultural environment and that experience inspired me to think about greater issues, such as the very core of humanity and what really defines us all. Very soon, I discovered that studying human language does offer such insight. It was during one of the introductory lectures in syntax I audited at the University of Delhi that the concept of Universal Grammar was introduced to me along with the toolkit of Generative Grammar enabling us to capture this innate spontaneous fact of language in one elegant model. In 2008 I enrolled in the Linguistics MA program at the University of Delhi, and in 2012 I graduated with the degree of MPhil (dissertation 'Negation, Its Constituents and Phase Theory: Deriving Negative Concord in Polish').

I am primarily interested in theoretical syntax and its interfaces. I also enjoy fieldwork; my first Masters dissertation ('Case system in Sadri'; May 2010) was the fruit of fieldwork conducted in Orissa, India, where I worked on the previously non-described language. In my free time I enjoy playing/listening to music, reading, watching good movies and travelling.