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The Deccan College Post-graduate & Research Institute (Deccan College, for short) is one of the oldest institutions of modern learning in India. The Department of Linguistics at the Deccan College (the first in the country) completed 50 years of teaching Linguistics at the postgraduate level in 2008. The Department commemorated this significant event by organizing a Golden Jubilee Celebration and hosting the 30th All India Conference of Linguists (AICL).

The 30th All India Conference and the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the commencement of Post-Graduate teaching of Linguistics were held at the Department of Linguistics, Deccan College from 26-28 November 2008. This event was jointly organized by the Department of Linguistics, Deccan College, Pune (Deemed University), Linguistic Society of India and Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore.

Dr. Vijay P. Bhatkar, Former Director, C-DAC Pune, inaugurated the Conference. Prof. U.N. Singh, Director, Central Institute of Indian languages, Mysore, delivered the keynote speech. Prof. K. Rangan, President, Linguistic society of India delivered the Presidential address and Dr. G.B. Deglurkar, President, Deccan College Post-Graduate & Research Institute, chaired the inaugural session.

INAUGURAL FUNCTION: (10.00 a.m.-12.30 p.m.) Wednesday

The inaugural function was held in the Auditorium, Main Building of the Deccan College on 26th Nov.2008. The function started with Saraswati Vandana sung by the students of Department of Linguistics. Prof. K.S. Nagaraja, Head of the Department of Linguistics welcomed the guests present in the inaugural function. Prof. V.P. Bhatta, Director of the institute made remarks about the conference and also welcomed the guests. The chief guest of the function, Dr. Vijay P. Bhatkar, inaugurated the conference by lighting the lamp. He also released the Conference Souvenir. In his Golden Jubilee Inaugural Speech, Dr. Bhatkar stressed the importance of the interface between human language and computer processing. He also highlighted the important role that linguists could play in work relating to the interface between human language and computer processing.

After the inaugural speech, Dr. G.B. Deglurkar, President, Deccan College, presented the Golden Jubilee Mementos to Senior Alumni of the Deccan College such as Dr. Asha Mundalay (Pune), Dr. H.C. Patyal ( Pune), Dr. M. Pokhrayal ( Nepal), Dr. Naval K. Rai ( Nepal), Prof. Nazir A. Dhar ( Kashmir), Prof. Peri Bhaskar Rao ( Japan), Prof. Rajesh Sachdeva (CIIL, Mysore), and Prof. B.R.K. Reddy ( Hyderabad).

Prof. K. Rangan, President, Linguistic Society of India, delivered his presidential address on the activities of Linguistic Society of India, its past and its future prospects.

Prof. Udaya Narayana Singh, Director, CIIL, Mysore, in his Keynote address, talked about the importance of Mother Tongue as a medium of instruction especially in secondary and higher secondary level of school education. He also emphasized that literacy plays a vital role in eradication of poverty by providing the necessary inputs for knowledge to pursue some vocation. He also spoke about the role of linguists in improving the literacy of the masses by providing the knowledge in mother tongue and with better teaching technology .

Prof. K Rangan felicitated Prof. V.I. Subramoniam and released the 69th volume of Indian Linguistics which was a felicitation volume brought out in honour a Prof. V.I. Subramoniam.

Dr. G. B. Deglurkar delivered his chairperson's remarks and Dr. K. Srinivasacharya, CIIL, Mysore, proposed a vote of thanks. The function ended with the Pasaydana.

A total of 135 linguists from India and abroad participated in this Golden jubilee celebrations and AICL-30. A total of 21 parallel sessions was held. To mark the Golden Jubilee celebrations four plenary lectures were delivered by experts in various fields of Linguistics. The details of the plenary lectures and the technical sessions are as follows.







4.30 pm-5.30 pm

Prof. V.N. Jha

Classical Indian Model of Linguistic Communication


9.30 am -10.30 am

Prof. B.R.K. Reddy

Teaching of Linguistics in India over the Last Fifty Years: A Retrospect


4.30 pm-5.30 pm

Prof. Uma Maheswara Rao

Lexical Resources for Computational Linguistics


9.30 am-10.30 am

Prof. Peri Bhaskararao

An Outline of the Role of Linguistic-Phonetics in Speech Technology



Time: 2 pm to 4.10 pm No. of Parallel Sessions: 5

Technical Session 1A: Syntax

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Tanmoy Bhattacharya & Ruchi Jain

On What is Believed be a Passive in Bundeli


Shweta Chandra

Agreement in Magahi Possessive DPs and Small Clauses

Technical Session 1B: Sociolinguistics

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Vivek Bhat & Milind Malshe

Dialect Conundrum- The Case of Marathi and Konkani


Ajit Kumar Baishya

Nefamese- The Lingua Franca


S.R. Sharma

Classification of Tibeto-Burman Languages- The State of Art


Kalika Mehta

Some Special Linguistic Features of Jain Shrimalee Speech Variety


Nazir Ahmad Dhar

Language Identity in Multilingual Societies- Structuration Approach


S. Rajendu

A Dravidian Linguistic Pre-Historical Exegies with Inter-Cultural Onomastics in a Model Nedunganad Hamlet Terms Nellaya


Suranjana Barua & Tanmoy Bhattacharya

Good Wife Good Life?

Technical Session 1C: Morphology

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Christiane Pilot-Raichoor

Morphological Singularities of Present Tense Paradigms in Badaga


Kailadbou Daimai

Nominal Classifiers in Liangmai

Technical Session 1D: Computational Linguistics

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Renjini Narendranath & Soma Paul

The Computational Handling of Malayalam Verb Morphology


Karuna Nidhi Mishra

The Role of Computational Grammar in NLP


Niladri Shekhar Dash

Naturalization of English Words into Modern Bengali- A Corpus-Based Empirical Study


Mina Dan & Debopam Das

Terminology and Vernacular- A Case of Linguistic Terminology in Bangla


Niladri Shekhar Dash, Debasree Ganguly & Devlina Banerjee

Indirect Utilization of English Corpora in Teaching English to the Bengali Learners


Archana Thool

Vak Prodyogiki


Manji Bhadra

Gender Analysis System for Sanskrit NPs

Technical Session 1E: Psycholinguistics & Sign Language

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Deepa Moni Baruah

Arithmetic Disorder in Assamese Aphasics


Janhavi Bidnur

Acquisition of Marathi- A Case Study, with Special Focus on Syntax and Semantics


Hidam Gaurashyam Singh

IPSL Incorporation- The Pro Drop Illusion


A Marykutty

The Language Performance of a Child with Semantic Pragmatic Disorder- A Linguistic Study with Special Reference to his Mother Tongue, Malayalam


Time: 11 am to 1 pm No. of Parallel Sessions: 4

Technical Session 2A: Syntax

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


A.B.M. Razaul Karim Faquire

Recognizing Participial Relative Clause in Bangla


Deepak Kumar

Tense and Agreement in Angika- An Agree-Based Account


Gibu Sabu M

Is Malayalam Tensed?


ASanket Kumar Pathak

Vectors and Mixed Transitivity in Hindi Compound Verbs


Krishna Boro

Technical Session 2B: Phonology

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Radhika Gopalkrishnan

Second Language Phonology- Investigation of Tamil English


Suman Bandopadhyay

Phonotactics of Schwa (ə) and Hindi Word final Consonants


Hukum Chand Patyal

Some Cases of Metathesis in Indo-Aryan


Shubhanan Gangal

New Concepts of Sound Perception


Trupti Nisar

Changing Phonological Patterns of Mumbai’s Gujarati Community


Shailendra Shukla

Phonological Error by Hindi Speakers while Learning Urdu

Technical Session 2C: Morphology

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Joyshree Sutradhar

A Feature-Based Study of Classifier Languages of North East India


Hemananda B.P.

Morphophonemics of Numerals in Kannada


Chaithra Puttaswamy

Multi-Verb Constructions in Malto


Khateeb S. Mustafa

Urdu Broken Plurals- A Morpho-Semantic Study

Technical Session 2D: Sanskrit & Classical Studies

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Rita Bhattacharya

Madhumati- An Unexplored Manuscript of Mugdhabodha Vyakarana


Andrea Drocco

Some Remarks about the Meanings of the Term Desi in the Context of Ancient Indian Grammatical Tradition


Malhar Kulkarni

The Meaning of the Genitive Case According to the School of Bhaooamemaasa


Avinash Pandey

On the Terminological Variants of the Notion Sign in Saussurean Thought


Time: 2 pm to 4.10 pm No. of Parallel Sessions: 5

Technical Session 3A: Sociolinguistics

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Aditi Ghosh, Bula Bhadra & Mina Dan

Migration, Multilingual Metropolis and Youth- A Study of Language Use and Attitudes of a Section of Students of Calcutta University


Suchitra Chakraborty

The Varying forms in English- Grammaticality and Acceptability in the Non-Native Speaker’s Use of English


Sunil Baraik

Socio-Linguistic Study of Nagpuri- A case Study on the Tribal Weavers of Jharkhand (Chik Baraik)


Pritha Mukhopadhyay

Code-Mixing and Code-Switching in the Language of the Media


Madhavi Sardesai

Konkani Kinship Terminology


Sasikumar P.N.

Language Myth and Reality- Form and Content Study Based on P.R.D.S. Songs

Technical Session 3B: Scripts

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Sapna Tiwari & Ram Prakash Saxena

Script Movements in India


U-tain Wongsathit

The Serial Numerals and Names in Ancient Thai Inscriptions


N. Nadaraja Pillai

Contributions of the Tamils to the Writing Systems of some East Asian Countries


Wannapat Ruandsup

The Contribution of Pallava Script in the Development of Ancient Thai Inscriptions before 8th Century A.D.


Dileep V.

Secret Language of Parayas- A Morphological Study

Technical Session 3C: Morphology

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Renuka Ozarkar

A Note on Complementizers in Marathi


Abhishek Kushwaha

Formation of Echo Words in Bhojpuri


Arvind Singh Negi & Mansha Singh

Causatives in Kurux


Shashibala Singh & Sanjukta Ghosh

Adverbial Modification and Tense-Aspect Realization


Madhav Pokharel

A Strategic Search for the General Formula of Verb root Derivation in Nepali


Rujira Sengnet

Classifiers in Kinsew


Shubhangi Kardile

Some Morphological Features and Ethnolinguistic Observations of a Variety of Marathi Spoken by Makadev Kolis in Maharashtra

Technical Session 3D: Language Teaching

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Mohammed Ansarul Alam

Needs of Bangladeshi Foreign Language Learners


Niladri Shekhar Dash

Direct Utilization of English Corpora in English Language Teaching


Hemanga Dutta

A Critique of C.B.S.E. English Corpora in English Language Teaching


M. Balakumar

Reality Objectives to Assessment Methods W.R.T. Language Courses

Technical Session 3E: Grammatical Tradition

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Parboty Chakraborty

Identification of Objective Case (Karmakaraka) in Sanskrit Grammatical Perspectives- Utility and Problems Involved Therein


S. Adhikari

The First Case ending in Various Aspects of Manuscript Sources


Sumita Chaterjee

Sanskrit Ablative Case- A Post-Paninian Approach


Prasad Joshi

A Glimpse into the One Term Principle in the Astadhyayi


Time: 11 am to 1 pm No. of Parallel Session: E

Technical Session 4A: Semantics, Pragmatics & Discourse

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


A.R. Fatihi

Language in Industrial Communication


Vinay Kumar Jain & Meena Jain

Power and Solidarity in the Discourse of Shakespeare


Rajat Ghosh

Metaphorical Elements Conventionalized in the Lexical Repertoire of Bangla


Devraj Panda



R.N. Aralikatti

Minor Sentences in Modern Spoken Sanskrit- Some Linguistic Observations based on Data

Technical Session 4B: Language Planning Policy

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Novel K. Rai

Documentation of Chintang: An endangered Language of Rai Kiranti (Nepal)


L. Ramamoorthy

Endangerment of Tribal Languages in Indian Context


Arun Ghosh

Promotion of Tribal Languages in Education- Santali- A Case Study


R.M.W. Rajapaksa & Sudath Senarath

Ethnic Crisis and Language Panning in Sri Lanka


Arup Kumar Nath

Revitalizing Tiwa Language- The Phenomena of Language Shift and Maintenance

Technical Session 4C: Sociolinguistics

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Mrunalini Shah

The Impact of Marathi Language on Gujarati dialect of Pune’s Vishashrimali-108 of Jain Religion


Anita Pandey

Leveraging India’s Linguistic Capabilities- A survey of Emerging Research Needs

Technical Session 4D: Language Teaching

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Jonathan Rider

Teaching Hindi to Foreigners through Visual Representation


M. Attar & S.S. Chopra

Task-Based Language Teaching in India


Kunjaban Patel

Pragmatics and Effective Second Language Teaching


Dollaporn Phuakkong

The Introduction of special Education in Thailand


P.N. Sinha

A Comparative Study of Participles in Hindi and German

Technical Session 4E: Computational Linguistics

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


M.V. Bildikar & B.V. Pawar

Marathi Language Interface to Database


R.P. Bhavsar & B.V. Pawar

Human Assisted Hindi and Marathi Machine Translation- A Perspective


Veena Dixit

Translation and Machine- Word Sense Disambiguation


Diwakar Mishra, Surjit Kumar Singh & Girish Nath Jha

Sanskrit Lexicographical Models and their Adaptation for Language Technology


Anil Thakur & Neha Vashistha

Disambiguation and Mapping of Hindi hii onto English


Time: 2 pm to 3 pm No. of Parallel Session: 2

Technical Session 5A: Sociolinguistics

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Payal Dutta Chowdhury

Advertisements and their Humorous Appeal- A Linguistic Analysis


Payal Dutta Chowdhury & Sonia Roy

Language of Bengali Classified- A Mirror of the Present Society


Gunanidhi Beriha

Interrogatives in Oriya and English

Technical Session 5B: Language History

Name of the Participant

Title of the Paper


Liny Srinivasan

Significance of Desi Words

VALEDICTORY SESSION (3.00-4.00 p.m.)

The valedictory session of the Golden Jubilee Celebration and AICL-30 started at 3. p.m. on 28th Nov. Prof. V.I. Subramoniam presided over the function. Prof. Subramoniam welcomed the audience and introduced the list of guest speakers. Prof. Niladri Sekhar Dash and Prof. S.R. Sharma spoke on this occasion. Finally, Prof. K.S. Nagaraja proposed a vote of thanks and the function came to a close at 4.00 p.m.

Alumni Meet:
On 25th November, a day before the conference, past students of the Department of Linguistics met at 11.00 a.m. in the Auditorium, Library Building. Prof. K.S. Nagaraja welcomed the alumni. Prof. Peri Bhaskar Rao coordinated the session. Dr. Asha Mundlay (student of the first batch of M. A. Linguistics) addressed the meet. Dr. M. Pokharel, Prof. Rajesh Sachdeva, Dr.Vijaya Deo, Dr. Sonal Kulkarni- Joshi and others addressed the audience, shared their memories of time spent at the Deccan college and also gave suggestions to improve the M.A. Linguistics program at the Deccan College.

Linguistic Society of India meet:
The executive committee of Linguistic society of India met on 26th Nov. at 6.00 p.m. in the Department of Linguistics to discuss the activities of Society. Prof. K.S. Nagaraja, Secretary, Linguistic Society of India, presented the annual report. Prof.K.Rangan chaired the session.

The general Body meeting was held on 27th Nov. at 6.00 p.m. in the auditorium, main building chaired by Prof. K.Rangan. The general body resolved that the new Linguistic Survey of India should be initiated by the Central government at the earliest.


It is unanimously resolved that the NEW LINGUISTIC SURVEY OF INDIA be initiated before many of the languages are lost forever.

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