Suniti Kumar Chatterji, a magnificent luminary with profound erudition, logical perception, humanistic attitude and aesthetic sense, was one of the world’s foremost linguists and a ‘culture scientist’. Reckoned as the doyen of Indian linguistics, his oeuvre spanned book-length publications, essays and lectures on diverse topics, profiles of distant nations, travelogues and sketches. His versatile knowledge and his holistic approach to language and linguistics made him a true ambassador of Indian scholarship and culture.
Language, Culture and Linguistics: Essays in Honour of Suniti Kumar Chatterji is an homage to Professor Suniti Kumar Chatterji and to his contribution to the world of linguistics. The volume is a compilation of eleven articles authored by eminent scholars, and not only recapitulates Chatterji’s reputation as an erudite scholar, but also discusses contemporary developments in linguistics, complementing his work. The volume puts forward a range of modern and traditional approaches to understand language, linguistics and culture from a global perspective.
Mina Dan is Professor of Linguistics at University of Calcutta (designated Eshan Scholar). Her areas of interest include phonology, phonetics, field methods, clinical linguistics, Bengali linguistics, psycholinguistics and language teaching. She has several publications to her credit, and writes both in English and Bangla.
Aditi Ghosh is Associate Professor of Linguistics at University of Calcutta. Her main areas of interest include sociolinguistics, multilingualism, and the relationship between the city and language. She has headed several major research projects on these topics.
Foreword: Suniti Kumar Chatterji and the Contemporary Relevance of His Work
Reinstating Suniti Kumar Chatterji’s Legacy in Contemporary Linguistics
1. Sunitikumar and Rabindranath: Bangla Linguistics
2. Recuperating Suniti Kumar Chatterji’s Opposition to the Structuralist Legacy
Languages and Cultures in South Asia
3. Exploring Odia Culture: A Study of Some Odia Cultural Narratives and Practices
B. N. Patnaik
4. Language, Violence and Power
5. Origin of Sinhala and Kalinga-Lanka Linguistic Affinities
6. Two Less-Studied Chapters of Indology: Kirata Jana and Ahira Jana
Suniti Kumar Pathak
Essays in Modern Linguistics
7. A Comparative Note on the Bangla Particle to and the German Particle doch
8. Splitting and Recombining Abstract Lexical Levels in Contact Phenomena
9. Translation Theory as an Ever-Emerging Phenomenon
Udaya Narayana Singh
10. Bengali Postlexical Rules: Lengthening and Shortening
About the Contributors