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.
School of Language and Linguistics, Jadavpur
Prof. Krishna Bhattacharya
Former Professor,Emeritus Fellow, Dept.of Linguistics,University of Calcutta
Prof. Sumita Bhattacharya
Former Professor, Dept.of Linguistics,University of Calcutta
Level of study
M.A in Linguistics
B.A.(Hons) in Linguistics,
English,Bengali Sanskrit, Pali, Sociology, Ancient Indian History, Political Science, Philosophy.
Preferably M.A.in Linguistics, NET or RET qualified
Maximum 08 for each permanent Faculty member
Research scholars :
Name of the supervisor
Date of registration
The Task of the Bangla Translator :towards a substantivist characterization of the production and reception of English to Bangla translations(1880-1939)
Registered between 1.1.14—31.12.15
Legal Translations in Bangla : A Culture specific analysis to construct Bangla Legal Terminology
Exact D.of Reg. is available with the Ph.D.Section.
A Study of Bangla-English Intersentential code switching
Dr. Aditi Ghosh
Text-Based communication Discourse on Social Networking Sites: A Bengali Users’ scenario.
Linguistic and Social Transgression as features of Cohesion in a text: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Sound Pattern Asymmetries in Bangla Morphology.
Stylistic Analysis of Bharatchandra’s Annadamangal
Dr. Aditi Ghosh
A Linguistic and Sociolinguistic study of Limbu as spoken in West Bengal
A Study of Language Attitude of Educated Bengali Native Speakers in Kolkata.
Dr. Aditi Ghosh
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.
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
(i) Dell Vostro; (ii) Acer
University of Calcutta
With UPS support
(i) Wipro Core I3 540;
(ii) Assembled computers with Dual core Intel Processor
LCD Projector(2) & Screen
Laser Printer with inbuilt photo-copier & scanner
Public Address system
Amplifier with USB support, remote controlled.
Voltas, 1.5 ton Vertis H/W split type
Portable, Famulus Reflex
Anatomical Model and Chart for Phonetics teaching
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 ::
• The SNLTR Department at Society for Natural Language Technology
Research, Kolkata :: nltr.academia.edu/Departments/SNLTR
• School of Languages and Linguistics ::
• The Asiatic Society, Kolkata ::
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