Ashok Koul

Senior Lecturer in Language Studies:
Center for Language Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 1558
Phone 2: +1 401 863 3043

My research interests lie in the field of South Asian languages and linguistics. I have published papers on Kashmiri Syntax. My other interests include language teaching and learning. I also have co-authored a textbook, Colloquial Urdu, published by Routledge. My forthcoming books are Lexical Borrowings in Kashmiri, Hindi-Urdu for Beginners or Travelers, and The Colloquial English-Hindi/Urdu Wordbook.


Born and educated in Kashmir, India, I received a Bachelor's degree in
English and Education from the University of Kashmir and the M.A. and Ph.D. in
Linguistics from Kurukshetra University. I taught Hindi/Urdu in the Department of
Linguistics at Syracuse University, where I earned a Master's degree in Linguistic
Analysis in 1988. Since September of that year, I have been teaching Hindi and
Urdu at Brown University. My research interests are in the field of South Asian languages and linguistics. In addition to Kashmiri, my mother tongue, Hindi and Urdu, I know
several other Indian languages and have worked on the structural properties of these
languages. I have co-authored a textbook Colloquial Urdu Routledge. During the past few years, I have published a number of papers in reputed Journals. My forthcoming books are: Lexical borrowings in Kashmiri, Hindi-Urdu for beginners or travelers and Colloquial Wordbook.


Over the last few years I have been involved in producing and revising instructional materials for Hindi, Urdu, and Kashmiri. I have been working on materials for developing reading comprehension in Hindi. The materials prepared are currently being used in beginning Hindi and intermediate classes. Another project I have been working on for the last few years is the Songbook. The Songbook is a collection of popular Hindi Film lyrics and Urdu Gazals by some famous poets like Galib, Sahir, Zafar, and many others. I have collected about one hundred Gazals and film songs with good lyrics, and I have provided the text, glossary, cultural notes, and some background about each song. I have been using these songs in 2nd year and Advanced level classes. I have also produced/developed/prepared materials on Ancient India ( Indus Valley civilization), the Vedic period (Aryans), and religious traditions (Hinduism, Budhism, and Jainism).


Ph.D. in Linguistics


Honorary Master of Arts degree, Brown University, 2006

Honored by the Kashmiri institute and by KOA (Kashmiri oversees Association) for producing teaching materials for L2 speakers, and for preserving Kashmiri language and culture, 2003

Elected Trustee of Indian Institute of Language Studies, Delhi.


Elected trustee of Indian Institute of Language Studies, New Delhi

Funded Research