Academic Departments
Department of Linguistics
Contact

87/1, College Street, Kolkata - 700 073.
Telephone No. : 2241 0071; (extension: 341)

Year of Establishment

1904

About the Department

The Department of Linguistics, formerly known as the Department of Comparative Philology, was established by Sir Asutosh Mookerjee in 1904. Initially the thrust area was Comparative and Historical Linguistics. Thereafter, various domains like Descriptive Linguistics, Generative Linguistics and several areas of Applied Linguistics were also included in the syllabus in addition to the traditional orientation of Comparative and Historical Linguistics Mr. Harinath De, the genius and a polyglot was appointed the first lecturer of the department in 1907. The first M.A. in Comparative Philology was Prof. Muhammad Shahidullaha in 1912. Some of the stalwarts who have taught in the department are Harinath De, Otto Strauss, I. J. S. Taraporewala, Suniti Kumar Chatterji, Sukumar Sen and Kshitish Chandra Chatterji

Courses Offered

Programme Level of Study Prerequisite Intake Capacity
M.A. In Linguistics P.G.Degree 40% for B.A in Ling. (H) and 45% for B.A (H) in Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Pali, Sociology, Ancient Indian History, Political Science, Philosophy 84
Ph.D. Research M.A. in Linguistics

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Syllabus

SEMESTER – I
A1-Introduction to Linguistics
A2-Morphology I & Syntax I
A3-Phonetics
A4-Historical Linguistics I and Indo-European Linguistics
SEMESTER – II
B1-Phonology
B2-Semantics
B3-Indo-Aryan Linguistics I and Bengali Linguistics I
B4-Historical Linguistics II and Schools of Linguistics or Language Typology
SEMESTER – III
C1-Sociolinguistics
C2-Indo-Aryan Linguistics II and Bengali Linguistics II
OC1-Old Indo-Aryan
OC2-Middle Indo-Aryan
OG1-Discourse Analysis
OG2-Psycholinguistics
OG5-Stylistics
SEMESTER - IV
D1-Morphology II and Syntax II
D2-Field Methods
OC3-New Indo-Aryan
OC4-Textual Analysis of Indo-Aryan
OG3-Language and the Nation
OG4-Language Teaching
OG6-Lexicography
 

Faculty Members

Name Specializations & Interests Telephone No. E-mail Address
Professors
Sumita Bhattacharya (Bhaduri) Structural & Applied Linguistics. +91-33-2355 0424 sumitackbhaduri@rediffmail.com
Mina Dan Phonology, Field work & Applied Linguistics +91-33-2530 7265 mina.dan@gmail.com
Associate Professors
Selvyn Jussy Semiotics, Discourse Analysis & Cultural Studies +91-9831229369 selvynjussy@gmail.com
Abhijit Majumder Structural & Applied Linguistics, Stylistics +91-33-2565 2176 amajumdar123@gmail.com
Assistant Professors
Aditi Ghosh Contrastive Linguistics, Translation Studies, Sociolinguistics, Semantics. +91- 9831858302 aditi.gh@gmail.com
aditi.gh@caluniv.ac.in
Sunandan Kumar  Sen Historical Linguistics & Phonetics +91-33-2555 7232 skscal76@rediffmail.com                      

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Research Work

Major thrust areas in which Research activities are being actively pursued:

Core Linguistics & Applied Linguistics

Historical Linguistics

Sociolinguistics

Current Research Schemes :

Suniti Kumar Chatterji : The Linguist
(Lily Banerjee under the guidance of Dr. Abhijit Majumdar)

A Comparative Study of Old Bengali and Early Middle Bengali
(Sunandan Kumar Sen under the guidance of Prof. Pabitra Sarkar)

Language of Advertisement in Bengali
(Susmita Roy under the guidance of Dr Abhijit Majumdar)

Problems of Teaching Pali Language to the Thai Students at the Upper Secondary Level in Thailand
(Phramaha Boonmee Pansa under the guidance of Prof Krishna Bhattacharya)

Problems of Learning English by the Thai Students at the Lower Secondary Level in Thailand
(Phra Yochai soukam under the guidance of Prof. Krishna Bhattacharya)

A Stylistic Analysis of Bharatchandra’s Annadamangal
(Priyanka Dey under the guidance of Dr Aditi Ghosh)

Bangla Root Sentence Phenomena and its Applications in NLP
(Sibansu Mukhopadhyay under the guidance of Prof. Mina Dan)

The Syntactic Derivation of Bangla Infinitivals
(Devarati Jana under the guidance of Prof. Mina Dan)

Cohesive Relations in Bengali
(Arko Chakraborty under the guidance of Dr. Abhijit Majumdar)

The Marginalised in Amitav Ghosh’s Writing: A Linguistic Analysis
(Syeda Nadia Ali under the guidance of Dr. Aditi Ghosh)

Phonetics and Phonology of Spontaneous Speech in Bengali
(Arpita Ray under the guidance of Prof. Mina Dan)

A pragmatic Approach to the Discourse in R.K. Narayan’s Novels
(Debashis Mandal under the guidance of Dr. Selvyn Jussy)

Emeritus Fellow :

Professor Krishna Bhattacharya

bhattacharyadrkrishna@rediffmail.com

Approved PhD Guides for the department

Satya Ranjan Banerjee
Rtd. Professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Calcutta
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Pabitra Sarkar
Ex. Vice-Chancellor
Rabindra Bharati University
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Swapan Kuymar Benerjee
Rtd. Professor
Netaji Subhas Open University
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Mrinal Kanti Nath
Rtd. Professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Calcutta
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Krishna Bhattacharya
Rtd. Professor & Emeritus Fellow
Department of Linguistics
University of Calcutta
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Sumita Bhattacharya (Bhaduri)
Professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Calcutta
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Probal Dasgupta
Professor & Head
Linguistic Research Unit
Indian Statistical Institute
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Mina Dan
Professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Calcutta
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Selvyn Jussy
Associate Professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Calcutta
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Abhijit Majumdar
Associate Professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Calcutta
*
Aditi Ghosh
Assistant Professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Calcutta

RESEARCH PROJECTS UNDER UPE SCHEME

Defining Key Concepts in Linguistics:
A Bilingual Approach with Text-Machine Interface

PI Prof. Krishna Bhattacharya
Co-PIs Dr. Mina Dan
Dr. Aditi Ghosh
Dr. Sankhayan Choudhury
Dr. Tanmay Ghosh

Language Use and Attitude:
A Sociolinguistic Survey of ‘non-Bengali’s in Kolkata

P I Dr Aditi Ghosh
Co- PIs Prof. Bula Bhadra
Dr. Mina Dan

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