Early life and education
Lahiri was botn on 14 July 1952 in Calcutta, India. She was educated at the Bethune College, Kolkata, India, and later at the University of Calcutta. She earned two doctorates; one from the University of Calcutta in comparative philology and one in linguistics from Brown University.
She has taught at the University of California at Los Angeles and at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and would later work as a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands .
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