Yamuna Kachru

Yamuna Kachru (यमुना काचरु, (Devanagari)) (5 March 1933 in Purulia, West Bengal, India - 19 April 2013 in Urbana, Illinois[1]) was Professor Emerita of Linguistics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Yamuna Kachru
Born(1933-03-05)5 March 1933
Purulia, West Bengal, India
Died19 April 2013(2013-04-19) (aged 80)
Urbana, Illinois, United States
  • Linguist
  • professor
Spouse(s)Braj Kachru
Children2, including Shamit Kachru


Kachru studied linguistics at Deccan College in Poona, India, and then at the University of London. She later taught Hindi at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London until she moved to the University of Illinois in 1966. She held the post of Professor of Linguistics at the University for almost 40 years.[1]

She wrote a grammar of Hindi based on developments in modern linguistics, and was considered a leading international authority on the language's grammar.[1] She published a series of research articles in applied linguistics, mostly on the problem of linguistic creativity. Kachru also worked on the area of second language acquisition.[1]

Kachru was a co-founder of the International Association of World Englishes.[1]


Kachru was the 2004 recipient of the Padmabhushan Dr. Moturi Satyanarayan Award[2]

In September 2006 she received the Presidential Award from the President of India from the president Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam for her contributions to the study of Hindi language.[3][1]

Personal lifeEdit

She was the wife of fellow linguist Braj Kachru, with whom she frequently collaborated. They had two children: Stanford professor Shamit Kachru and physician Amita Kachru.[1]


  • "An Introduction to Hindi Syntax" (1967)
  • "Aspects of Hindi Grammar" (1980)
  • "Intermediate Hindi" (with Rajeshwari Pandharipande, 1983)
  • "Hindi" (a grammar, 2006)
  • "World Englishes in Asian Contexts" (with Cecil Nelson, 2006)
  • "Handbook of World Englishes" (edited with Braj Kachru and Cecil Nelson, 2007)
  • "Cultures, Contexts, and World Englishes" (co-authored with Larry Smith, 2008)
  • "Language in South Asia" (edited with Braj Kachru and S.N. Sridhar, 2008).


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Obituaries: Yamuna Kachru". The News-Gazette. Champaign, Illinois. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  2. ^ "पद्मभूषण डॉ. मोटूरि सत्यानारायण पुरस्कार". Archived from the original on 1 March 2012.
  3. ^ Lynn, Andrea (13 September 2006). "U. of I. linguistics scholar to receive Presidential Award in India" (Press release). Champaign: University of Illinois. Illinois News Bureau. Retrieved 15 June 2016.

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