Competition: US & Canada
Vera Gribanova’s research in linguistics explores the subconscious principles that govern word and sentence structure in human language, with an empirical focus on Slavic (particularly Russian) and Uzbek, an under-investigated Turkic language spoken primarily in Uzbekistan. Her ongoing work centers on the interaction between the principles that dictate how words and sentences are structured with constituent ellipsis, in which a grammatically salient chunk of linguistic content is left unpronounced, and is recoverable from the linguistic context. This approach yields mutually reinforcing insights that bear both on the fundamental nature of recoverability and redundancy in linguistic discourse, and on the unifying principles that underpin grammatical structure across the diverse range of human languages.
Gribanova completed a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010. Since then, she has been a faculty member in the Linguistics department at Stanford University, where she is an Associate Professor and currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies. She is the recipient of the C.L. Baker Award, awarded by the Linguistic Society of America in 2022.