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Thu Apr 08 2010
Diss: Socioling: Dey: 'Silchar Bengali: A sociolinguistic study'
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Silchar Bengali: A sociolinguistic study
Message 1: Silchar Bengali: A sociolinguistic study
From: kakoli dey <anudeyyahoo.com>
Subject: Silchar Bengali: A sociolinguistic study
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Institution: University of Delhi
Program: Doctoral Thesis
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010
Author: Kakoli Dey
Dissertation Title: Silchar Bengali: A sociolinguistic study
This dissertation is a socio-linguistic investigation of Bengali spoken in
Silchar, which is located at the boundary of Bangladesh and Assam.
The Silchar Bengali Vernacular (SBV) is a new dialect that emerged as
a direct consequence of movement of labour population triggered by
the Tea Plantations which started coming up in the early 19th century
in this part of the country. The variables addressed in the study are the
voiceless labial and velar obstruents, which undergo mutually opposing
processes of spirantization and despirantization. The voiceless
plosives are variably realized as spirants. The existing spirant
phonemes are variably realized as plosives.
The study investigates the role of internal constraints on spirantization
and despirantization. In addition, it discusses the role of external
constraints, in particular the role of gender, ethnicity, age and
generation to account for social differentiation of spirantization within
the speech community. Finally, it discusses to what extent the process
of spirantization can be considered as a result of internal innovation
within SBV and to what extent it is the result of contact and diffusion.
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