Department Of Linguistics




About

The Department of Linguistics, University of Mumbai is established in June 1964. The Department offers MA, M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes in Linguistics. It also offers a Certificate Course in Phonetics and Phonology. The Department follows the Credit Based Semester and Grading System for its teaching programmes

Linguistics is a discipline that studies the structure, functions and use of human languages. In Linguistics, we study properties of specific languages as well as seek to search for the properties which are common to all human languages.

While examining the structure of languages, a linguist addresses the questions such as:

• what are the units of a language; how are these units patterned, e.g sounds into words, words into larger words and phrases, phrases into sentences
• how are various languages different from each other and how are they similar
• how do children acquire any language, without being taught and in a very short period of time.

The part of linguistics that studies the structure of languages is divided into the following subfields:

Phonetics: Study of the physical properties of speech sounds (articulation and acoustics)
Phonology: Study of the patterns of speech sounds in languages
Morphology: Study of processes of word formation
Syntax: Study of the structure of sentences
Semantics: Study of linguistic meaning

Linguistics also studies how linguistic structures exhibit variation across space and time. A subfield of Linguistics called Historical Linguistics also studies how languages change over the period of time, and in contact with each other. Linguistics also concerns itself with the study of functions and use of human language. Languages are used for expression: for communication as well as for thinking. A subfield of Linguistics called Pragmatics studies the use of language in society and its use in communication.

Vision of the Department

The Department seeks to promote research in various aspects of human languages. This involves research in sound patterns, word formation processes, sentence structures, linguistic meaning, processes of language change, language use, relationship between language and society etc.

The Department seeks to sensitize the students to the diversity of language structures found in human languages. Given the increasing importance of linguistic resources in the current scenario, the Department seeks to equip the students with a toolkit which would enable him/her to understand, describe and work with these resources

The Department also seeks to instill amongst the students a sense of responsibility and respect towards the linguistic diversity of the world, by developing an attitude which is responsive to the needs of the plurilingual ethos prevalent in human societies. Special attention is given to the languages of linguistic minorities of India. Such an approach would help in promoting and strengthening participatory democratic practices.


Facilities

LIBRARY
The Department also has a well-equipped library section in the Jawaharlal Nehru Library located in the Kalina Campus of the University. Along with this, the Department also has a small library located in the Department

The Department is well-equipped with digital instruments such as high-definition recorders, a handicam and computer software, required for recording, analyzing and documenting linguistic data.
The Department is also in the process of developing a Computational Linguistics lab, which will be useful for research as well as industrial application

Equipments :
Tape Recorder (Model -64) 1
Tape Recorder (Philips) 1
Tape Recorder (Akai) 1
D.S.P. Sonagraph 1
Personal Computers 5
Laptop 1
Printers 4
Overhead Projector with Screen 1
Slide Projector with laser Pointer 1
Scanner 2
LCD Projector 1

Alumni



Contact

CONTACS US:

Postal Address : Department of Linguistics
Ground Floor, Ranade Bhavan,University of Mumbai
Vidyanagari,Kalina, Santracruz (East)
Mumbai-400 098
E-mail: linguistics@linguistics.mu.ac.in
Telephone No.: +91 22 2654 3443


Post-Graduation Course

Course name:Master of Arts
The MA programme in Linguistics is a 2year (4 semesters), full time, regular course.
The admission process for the MA programme normally starts in the month of June-July each year.
The students are expected to undertake 16 courses (4 courses each semester). Out of these 16 courses, 8 core courses are obligatory and the remaining 8 courses can be chosen from the electives offered by the Department.
For this programme, the Department follows the Credit Based Semester and Grading System. This involves a home-assignment, a mid-semester exam and an end-semester exam for each course.

Highlights of the Programme

The M.A. programme includes the courses with a large practical import.Courses such as Computational Linguistics, Lexicography, Basic Semiotics, Media Semiotics, Educational Linguistics, Translation: Theory & Practice offer career training.
Courses such as Introduction to Sociolinguistics; Language, Power and Inequality; Language, Culture and Nation; Introduction to Pragmatics promote community orientation.
Courses such as Introduction to Linguistics, Morphosyntax, Formal Semantics, Analysing Structures of Modern Indian Languages, Analysing Meaning in Natural Languages, Historical Linguistics are incorporated to develop the analytic skills of the students.
All courses are designed to introduce the students to the latest research trends.
A major highlight of the Programme is the Field Methods course offered in the 4th Semester. This course exposes the students to the techniques of the field work and data collection.
Eligibility: A graduate from any discipline can apply for the course.
Admission Process

Students for the programme are selected through a written entrance exam conducted by the Department around June-July every year. The written entrance exam consists of descriptive questions. Its duration is 2 hours (40 marks). Inquiries about the programme can be made throughout the year in the Office of the Department.

Fee Structure:
Sem. I & II : Rs. 5, 585/-
Sem.III & IV : Rs. 4,230/-



Certificate Course

Course Name:Certificate Course in Phonetics and Phonology
Certificate Course in Phonetics and Phonology is being offered in the Department since 2009-2010. It is aimed at sensitizing the students of this Course to the patterns of sounds in human languages and has a lot of practical import. Phonetics is a scientific study of sounds used in human languages, while phonology is a study of the patterns of speech sounds in human languages.
     The students in this Course are trained to perceive and identify a variety of different speech sounds used in the various languages of the world, to understand the mechanisms of speech production (pronunciation) and transcribe the sounds in different languages using the International Phonetic Alphabets. The Course also teaches various methods of analyzing sound patterns in human language

Admission Process
The admissions for this Course start immediately after the declaration of HSC results every year, i.e. in June. The intake capacity of the Course is 50. The inquiries about the Course can be made in the Office of the Department throughout the year

Registration / Admission Fee : Rs. 40/-
Tuition Fee : Rs.2000/-
Examination Fee : Rs. 300/-



Syllabus

M. A. Part - I


I. INTRODUCTION TO
LINGUISTICS,
II. SCHOOLS OF LINGUISTIC
THOUGHT
III. SOCIOLINGUISTICS
IV. SEMIOTICS


LANGUAGE LEARNING& LANGUAGE TEACHINGM.A. Part - II

V. SYNTAX,
VI. SEMANTICS &
LEXICOGRAPHY
VII. FIELD METHODS
VIII. HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS

TRANSLATION:THEORY & PRACTICE

(i) As the syllabus has been designed for the two - year M.A. programme in Linguistics the first four papers (i.e. Paper - I, II, III, & IV) will be offered to the M.A. Part -I students and the next four papers (i.e. Paper - V, VI,VII & VIII) to the M.A. Part - II students. It may be noted that paper IV is optional paper for M.A. part - I students and paper - VIII for the M.A. Part - II students.

(ii) As the Department of Linguistics follows the Internal - External Evaluation Scheme, each paper (except the * Field Methods Paper) will be evaluated in the following manner :
a) Two Internal Test (Each carries 20 marks) 40 marks
b) Home Assignment / Project Report & Seminar 20 marks
c) Final Examination 40 marks
Total 100 marks


* Paper VII (Field Methods) will be evaluated on the basis of the dissertation which is required to be submitted by the student before the end of the academic year.
Fees Structure

M.A. Part I
M.A. Part II Ph.D
Tuition Fee 1000/- 1000/- 1000/-
Registration Fee 1000/- ---- 1000/-
Admission Form Fee --- 100/- ---
Registration Form Fee 15/- ---- 15/-
Laboratory Fee 100/- ---- ----
Caution Money Deposit 10/- 10/- 10/-
Library Fee 380/- 380/- 380/-
Students Union Fee 10/- 10/- 10/-
Cult. Activities 06/- 06/- 06/-
Gymkhana Fee 125/- 125/- 125/-
E- charge 20/- 20/- 20/-
Sport & Cult. Act. 20/- 20/- 20/-
Disaster Fee 10/- 10/- 10/-
Group Insurance Fee 36/- 36/- 36/-
Total 2532/- 1717/- 3032/-


Foreign Students:
Foreign Students : Tuition fees of
Rs.5000/-
Reserved Category
Students
: Rs.75/-
Exam Fee (M.A.
Part I & II)
:Rs.510/-
Transference
Certificate
:Rs.100/-
Transcript Certificate : Rs. 750/- (each copy)
Bonafide
Certificate
: Rs. 10/-
Railway
concession
: Rs. 5/-
Enrollment Rs.
220/- (Foreign Student : Rs.750/-)
Ph. D Synopsis
Fee
: Rs.
5010/-




Academic Staff


Name Dr. Avinash Pandey
Designation Assistant Professor & Head
Qualification MA (Linguistics),
Ph.D. (Linguistics)
Research Interests Pragmatics; Syntax-Semantics; Language & Philosophy;
Language, Power & Inequality; Language Movements; Educational Linguistics,
Linguistics for Health Sciences.
Contact information E-mail : avinash@linguistics.mu.ac.in
Tel. (o): 022-2654 3443


Name Dr. Biswamohan Pradhan
Designation Associate Professor
Qualification M.A. , Ph.D
Research Interests Semiotics, Sociolinguistics, Linguistic Theories, Literary Discourse Analysis
Contact information E-mail : biswamohanp@linguistics.mu.ac.in
Tel. (o): 022-26543443


Name Archana Thool
Designation Associate Professor
Qualification M.A. , M.Phil
Research Interests Computational Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Lexicography, Translation Studies, Linguistics Theories.
Contact information E-mail : archanathool@gmail.com
Tel. (o): 022-26543443


Name Renuka Ozarkar
Designation Associate Professor
Qualification MA (Linguistics)
Research Interests Structure of Marathi and other Indian languages; Syntax- Semantics; Morphology; Phonology; Language education; Indian grammatical theories.
Contact information E-mail : hi.renuka@gmail.com
Tel. (o): 022-2654 3443



Admin Staff


Name Mrs. Sandhya A. Dicholkar
Designation Sr.Typist-Clerk
Contact information E-mail : linguistics@linguistics.mu.ac.in
Tel. (o): 022-2654 3443


Name Mr. Lalu S. Lohakare
Designation Peon


Name Mr. Sunil R. Patil
Designation Peon



All the faculty members are involved in research and publications (see Faculty Profile for more details).
Dr. Avinash Pandey
Research projects
• "Orality in the Structuralist Philosophy of Language" funded by ICPR, New Delhi during the period 2011-2013.
• "Linguistic Landscape of Vasai" a minor research project funded by UGC was completed during the period 2011-2012.
•Co- Principal Investigator for a project on ‘Development of Pronunciation Lexicon based on Experimental Studies of Phonetics and Phonemics of 5 Indian Languages, Marathi Chapter’ in collaboration with Dr. Nandini Bondale, TIFR funded by Department of Information Technology through TIFR, Mumbai for the period 2012-2015.

• Research Fellowship Associate Fellow of UGC Inter-University Centre of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIAS, Shimla for the period 2012-2015.

Ph.D. and M.Phil. Programme

Research projects
•     "Orality in the Structuralist Philosophy of Language" funded by ICPR, New Delhi during the period 2011-2013.

•     "Linguistic Landscape of Vasai" a minor research project funded by UGC was completed during the period 2011-2012.

. •     Co- Principal Investigator for a project on ‘Development of Pronunciation Lexicon based on Experimental Studies of Phonetics and Phonemics of 5 Indian Languages, Marathi Chapter’ in collaboration with Dr. Nandini Bondale, TIFR funded by Department of Information Technology through TIFR, Mumbai for the period 2012-2015.

Research Fellowship
     Associate Fellow of UGC Inter-University Centre of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIAS, Shimla for the period 2012-2015.

Name of the Student Title
Ms. Renuka Ozarkar Structures of Marathi Verbs
Ms. Shaima Al-Issa Literary Narratives, Culture and Ideology : A
Semiolinguistic Study of Orhan Pamuk’s Fictional Discourse
Ms. Anjali Singh English in India and in Japan
Mr. Mohammad B. Aghaei A Semiotic Analysis of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Novels
Mr. Jalvi Rajeev Ramkrishna Hearing Impairment and Linguistic Development : Issues and Perspectives


A list of the current M.Phil students and titles of their research is as follows:

Name of the Student Area/Topic of Research
Ms. Manasi Nadkarni Sociolinguistics variation in Konkani of Goa
Ms. Vrushali Surve Stylistic Analysis of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland
Ms. Harsha Bhatt Yet to be decided