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Department of Linguistics


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.


Faculty members:

Name Designation Area of specialization Email Phone number
Dr. Abhijit Majumdar
Professor Structural Linguistics & Stylistics amajumdar123@gmail.com 9830534938
Prof. Mina  Dan
Professor & HOD Phonology,
Psycholinguistics, Field Linguistics, Morphology, Clinical Linguistics
  mina.dan@gmail.com   9433317675
Dr. Selvyn  Jussy
Associate Professor Discourse Analysis, Cultural Studies, Semiotics selvynjussy@gmail.com 9831229369
Dr. Aditi Ghosh
Assistant Professor Contrastive Linguistics, Translation Studies, Sociolinguistics, Semantics aditi.gh@gmail.com 9831858302
Dr.Sunandan   Kumar Sen
Assistant Professor Phonetics,Historical Linguistics skscal76@rediffmail.com 9830661502

Visiting faculty members :

Name Institutions attached with Period of appointment
Prof. Probal Dasgupta Indian Statistical Institute,Kolkata.  2014—continuing
Prof. Mahidas Bhattacharya School of Language and  Linguistics, Jadavpur
University, Kolkata.
Prof. Krishna Bhattacharya Former Professor,Emeritus Fellow, Dept.of Linguistics,University of Calcutta    2013—continuing
Prof. Sumita Bhattacharya Former Professor, Dept.of Linguistics,University of Calcutta 2013—continuing


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.
     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 Date of registration
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 Registered between 1.1.14—31.12.15
Ananya Banerjee Legal Translations in Bangla : A Culture specific analysis to construct Bangla Legal Terminology Dr.Selvyn Jussy Exact D.of Reg. is available with the Ph.D.Section.
Basudha Das A Study of Bangla-English Intersentential code switching  Dr. Aditi Ghosh  
Dipshikha Bose Text-Based communication Discourse on Social  Networking Sites: A Bengali Users’ scenario.  Dr.Selvyn Jussy  
Madhura Sen Linguistic and Social Transgression as features of Cohesion in a text: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy Dr.Selvyn Jussy  
Nivedita Mitra Sound Pattern Asymmetries in Bangla Morphology.  Prof.Mina Dan  
Priyanka Dey Stylistic Analysis of Bharatchandra’s Annadamangal  Dr. Aditi Ghosh  
Rajeshwari Datta A Linguistic and Sociolinguistic study of Limbu as spoken in West Bengal  Prof.Mina Dan  
Soumi Banerjee A Study of Language Attitude of Educated Bengali Native Speakers in Kolkata. Dr. Aditi Ghosh  

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

Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department/ centre :
(i) Sociolinguistics
(ii) Structural Linguistics
(iii) Historical Linguistics
(iv) Discourse Analysis & Stylistics.

Teaching Support
Power-Point presentation in the classroom (ii) Interactive session and Group Discussion (iii) Arrangement of Lectures : Demonstration and Presentation by the students; (iv) Computational support for constructing knowledge-base; (v) Project assignment and Evaluation.

Research support :

Name of the equipment Brief description Funding agency
Laptop(2)   (i) Dell Vostro; (ii) Acer University of Calcutta
With UPS support
(i) Wipro Core I3 540;
(ii) Assembled computers with  Dual core Intel Processor
Voice Recorder(1)   Sony ICD-UX-533F            -Do-
Digital camera(1)   Sony DSC-W730            -Do-
LCD Projector(2) & Screen   Epson            -Do-
Laser Printer with inbuilt photo-copier & scanner   Samsung(Laser) SCX-4824            -Do-
Public Address  system  Amplifier with USB support, remote controlled.            -Do-
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

Major activities :
• 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.

• Central Institute of Indian Languages, Manasagangotri, Mysore :: www.ciil.org/
• Linguistic Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata :: www.isical.ac.in/departments.php?Key=TkRNPQ==
• The Language Division, Govt of India, Kolkata :: nltr.academia.edu/.../Language_Division_Govt_of_India_Kolkata
• The SNLTR Department at Society for Natural Language Technology Research, Kolkata :: nltr.academia.edu/Departments/SNLTR
• School of Languages and Linguistics :: www.jaduniv.edu.in/view_department.php?deptid=143
• The Asiatic Society, Kolkata :: asiaticsocietycal.com

Additional information :
(i) 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.
(ii) In the year 2014, the Junior & the Senior Faculty Members (Dr. Abhijit Majumdar, Dr.Aditi Ghosh Dr.Sunandan Kumar Sen), joined the F.D.P organized by the Departments of Sanskrit and the Department of Bengali Language & Literature.
(iii) 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].
(iv) The current Syllabus is already uploaded in the Website.


Campus : College Street

Address for communication : 87/1 College Street, Senate House, Kolkata-700 073