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Title: Kolkata Dialects and the Aspects of Standardization: Preliminary Observations
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Author: Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay
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Institution: La Filológica por la Causa
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Bengali
Abstract: In the last phase of eighties of the last century, the author surveyed the some sexagenarians of northern part of Kolkata, West Bengal, India to find out their externalized language features (pejoratively called as “Cockney”, a so-called endangered language ) in descriptive manner and by deploying ethnomethodological procedures and 19th C text-analysis. The author , latter on, when found triglossic variation, supplemented the term “Cockney” with “procolit” as he discovered that the migrant Sahibs perceived Kolkata delta as a mirror-image of London city and thus named the North Kolkatan (the Sutanuti area) variations as ‘cockney’. this paper is a partial presentation of such linguistic history as well as nostalgic imagination of the homesick Sahibs (data collected from the their personal letters). Moreover, the process of language-selection/choice for standardization ( cf. “standard tool” as used in industrialized society) was also discussed as the standardization process depended on some extra-/non-linguistic factors or non-discursive formation.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: 1991. Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics. Vol .XVII. No.2. Dec.’91. (pp.197-202) Delhi. ISSN 0379-0037 cited in Reprinted in: 1996.Hasnain, I. ed. (Foreword. J. Fishman)Standardization and Modernization(pp.197-202) . Delhi: Bahari Publication.
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