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Year of Establishment : 1904

History of the department : The Department of Linguistics is a heritage department in the University of Calcutta with its magnificent legacy continuing more than a century. This Department, 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, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics 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. The Department experienced its flavour of academic brilliance by the glorious presence of outstanding personalities like Harinath De, Otto Strauss, Prof. I.J.S. Taraporewala, Suniti Kumar Chatterji, Sukumar Sen and so on. The Department, in the year 2015, organized an International Seminar to commemorate the 125th Birth centenary of Prof. Suniti Kumar Chatterji, doyen of Indian Linguistics.

At present, the department has set up a strong interdisciplinary network with a number of fields such as literature, social sciences and technology. The teachers of the department regularly contribute their valuable research articles to national and international journals and edited books. Some of the faculty members regularly take part in national and international seminars and conferences. They are also engaged in writing consolidated reports of various mother tongues under the language survey initiatives of the Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner,Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India. Some of the teachers of the department are also engaged in language documentation projects sponsored by the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. Some of the faculty members have taken up major projects funded by UGC and are working in collaboration with faculty members of University of Malaya, Malyasia and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Most of the faculty members teach in various departments in this and other institutes as extension teaching.


Faculty Members :
Name Designation Area of specialization Email/Phone number
Prof. Mina  Dan
Professor Phonology, Psycholinguistics, Field Linguistics, Morphology, Clinical Linguistics
Dr. Abhijit Majumdar
Professor Structural Linguistics & Stylistics
Dr. Selvyn  Jussy
Associate Professor Discourse Analysis, Cultural Studies, Semiotics
Dr. Aditi Ghosh
Professor & (HOD) Contrastive Linguistics, Translation Studies, Sociolinguistics, Semantics
Dr. Sunandan   Kumar Sen
Assistant Professor Phonetics, Historical Linguistics
Visiting faculty members :
Name Institutions attached with Period of appointment
Prof. Probal Dasgupta Professor & Head, LRU, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata 2014 — continuing
Prof. Mahidas Bhattacharya Director, School of Language and Linguistics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 2014 — continuing
Prof. Krishna Bhattacharya Former Professor, Emeritus Fellow, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Calcutta 2013 — continuing
Dr. Sampa Chatterjee Former Director, Institute of English Calcutta, Kolkata 2017 — continuing

Courses :

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
 M.A in Linguistics
 PG B.A.(Hons)in Linguistics, English, Bengali, Sanskrit, Pali, Sociology, Ancient Indian History, Political Science, Philosophy.  84
Ph.D.   Preferably M.A. in Linguistics, NET or RET qualified Maximum 08 for each permanent Faculty member


Research scholars :
Name Research topic Name of the supervisor Status
Aliya Halim The Task of the Bangla Translator: towards a substantivist characterization of the production and reception of English to Bangla translations (1880-1939) Prof. Mina Dan On-going
Ananya Banerjee Legal Translations in Bangla : A Culture specific analysis to construct Bangla Legal Terminology Dr. Selvyn Jussy On-going
Arpita Ray Phonetics and Phonology of Spontaneous Speech in Bengali Prof. Mina Dan & Prof. P. Bhaskararao On-going
Atreyi Gupta Antinomies of Language: A Study of the Anti Language Used by Pick-pockets and Burglers in West Bengal Dr. Selvyn Jussy On-going
Basudha Das A Study of Bangla-English Intersentential code switching Dr. Aditi Ghosh Submitted
Devarati Jana The Syntactic Derivation of Bangla Infinitivals Prof. Mina Dan & Prof. Probal Dasgupta On-going
Dipshikha Bose Text-Based communication Discourse on Social  Networking Sites: A Bengali Users’ scenario Dr. Selvyn Jussy On-going
Madhura Sen Linguistic and Social Transgression as features of Cohesion in a text: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy Dr. Selvyn Jussy On-going
Mouparna Sen The Structure and Sociolinguistic Implications
Of Bilingual Advertisements
in Bengali Print Media
Dr. Selvyn Jussy On-going
Nivedita Mitra Sound Pattern Asymmetries in Bangla Morphology Prof. Mina Dan & Prof. Probal Dasgupta Submitted
Priyanka Dey Stylistic Analysis of Bharatchandra’s Annadamangal Dr. Aditi Ghosh Submitted
Rajeshwari Datta A Linguistic and Sociolinguistic study of Limbu as spoken in West Bengal Prof. Mina Dan On-going
Sanchari Dutta      A Study on Autism and Developmental Language
Disorder among Bengali
Children of Kolkata
Prof. Mina Dan On-going
Sibansu Mukherjee Properties of Bangla Root Sentence: A Formal Linguistic Account and its NLP Application Prof. Mina Dan & Prof. Probal Dasgupta On-going
Soumi Banerjee A Study of Language Attitude of Educated Bengali Native Speakers in Kolkata. Dr. Aditi Ghosh On-going
Syeda Nadia Ali Analyzing the Marginalised: A Linguistic Analysis of Amitav Ghosh’s Works Dr. Aditi Ghosh On-going
Projects :

Projects: on-going

Project title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration Budget
Intercultural Communication in Multilingual Urban Spaces UGC, UPE-II Dr. Aditi Ghosh [Co-PI Prof Mina Dan] [In collaboration with Prof. Maya David, University of Malaya and Prof Alexander Coupe, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore] 2 years 18,00,000

Projects: recently completed

Project title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration Budget
Defining Key Concepts in Linguistics: A Bilingual Approach with Text-Machine Interface UGC, UPE Dr. Krishna Bhattacharya Project findings submitted on 2014 Status : Published 10,00,000
 ‘Language Use and Attitude: a Sociolinguistic Survey of ‘non-Bengalis’ in Kolkata’ UGC-UPE Dr. Aditi Ghosh Project findings submitted on 2014. Status: papers based on findings published in international and national journals 12,00,000/=
Collaborations :
Title of the programme Principal collaborator of the department Name and address of the collaborating institution Principal collaborator of the collaborating institution Duration of the programme
SPPEL: Tharua language Mina Dan CIIL, Mysore CIIL On-going
Long term
Intercultural Communication in Multilingual Urban Spaces Aditi Ghosh Prof. Maya David, University of Malaya and
Prof Alexander Coupe, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Department of Linguistics, Calcutta University On-going
Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department :
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Structural Linguistics
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Discourse Analysis & Stylistics
  • Psycholinguistics

Teaching Support :

  • Power-Point presentation in the classroom
  • Interactive session and Group Discussion
  • Arrangement of Lectures : Demonstration and Presentation by the students;
  • Computational support for constructing knowledge-base;
  • Project assignment and Evaluation.

Research support :

Name of the equipment Brief description Funding agency
Laptop(2) (i) Dell Vostro; (ii) Acer (iii) HP (iv) HP University of Calcutta
Personal Computer(3)
With UPS support
(i) Wipro Core I3 540;
(ii) Assembled computers with  Dual core Intel Processor (iii) ACER
Voice Recorder(1) Sony ICD-UX-533F -Do-
Digital camera(1) Sony DSC-W730 -Do-
LCD Projector(2) & Screen Epson -Do-
Laser Printer (1)
Laser Printer with inbuilt photo-copier & scanner (1)
Samsung   ML-1610
Samsung(Laser) SCX-4824
A.C Machine Voltas, 1.5 ton Vertis H/W split type -Do-
Over-Head Projector(1) Portable, Famulus Reflex -Do
Educational Equipment Anatomical Model and Chart for Phonetics teaching -Do
Laptop(2) (i) Dell Vostro; (ii) Acer -Do
Major activities :
  • Departmental Journal publishing: Bulletin of the Department of Linguistics [ISSN 2310-6165]. (published yearly)
  • Departmental Seminar: one seminar on pertinent issues relating to linguistics organized every year
  • Celebration of 125th birth anniversary of Suniti Kumar Chatterji: Organised an International Seminar on “Revisiting Prof Suniti Kumar Chatterji as a Key to the Future of Indological Studies” for celebrating the 125th Birth Anniversary of Prof.S.K.Chatterji [In collaboration with Government of West Bengal & Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore]. Some eminent Professors from Oxford, Germany, Bangladesh joined this Seminar as Resource Persons.
    (i) 1st Phase: 26th and 27th November, 2015
    (ii) 2nd Phase: 22nd December, 2015.
  • The Department always encourages the students for joining National seminars organized by other Universities/Institutes. The students frequently participate in the seminars organized by the Linguistic Research Unit; Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and the Schools of Languages; Jadavpur University, Kolkata. The past activity of the Department also reflects its major role in promoting placement activities Seminar organizing
  • Departmental journal --- Bullentin of the Department of Linguistics, No. 20.
  • Departmental Journal publishing: Bulletin of the Department of Linguistics [ISSN 2319-6165]. (Published yearly) 

Links :

  • Central Institute of Indian Languages, Manasagangotri, Mysore ::
  • Linguistic Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata ::
  • The Language Division, Govt of India, Kolkata ::
  • The SNLTR Department at Society for Natural Language Technology Research, Kolkata ::
  • School of Languages and Linguistics ::
  • The Asiatic Society, Kolkata ::

Additional information :

  • Faculty Members regularly join the Faculty Development Programme (as Resource Person / Participant) organized by different Departments of the University of Calcutta and other Universities and Institute.
  • Faculty Members regularly function as resource persons for different Refresher courses & Orientation Programmes organized by different Universities and Institutes.[ See respective CV in Proforma 2].
  •  The current Syllabus is already uploaded in the Website.


Campus : Asutosh Siksha Prangan (College Street Campus)

Address for communication : Department of Linguistics, University of Calcutta, 87/1, College Street, Kolkata-700 073