LINGUIST List 23.5127

Sat Dec 08 2012

Books: Bengali: Thompson

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Date: 04-Dec-2012
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Subject: Bengali: Thompson
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Title: BengaliSeries Title: London Oriental and African Language Library 18

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Hanne-Ruth Thompson

Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273130 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 173.00Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273130 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 115.00Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273130 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 97.00Hardback: ISBN: 9789027238191 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 121.90Hardback: ISBN: 9789027238191 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 115.00Hardback: ISBN: 9789027238191 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 173.00


Bangla (Bengali), an Eastern Indo-Aryan Language, is the national language ofBangladesh with 150 million speakers and the state language of Paschim Banga(West Bengal) in India with 90 million speakers. There are sizeablecommunities of Bengalis scattered all over the world. Altogether, the numberof native speakers make Bangla the fifth or sixth largest language in theworld. Like Hindi and other South Asian languages, Bangla hassubject-object-verb word order, postpositions, causative and compound verbs.Unlike Hindi it has no gender.

This volume presents a systematic overview of the language, from the soundsystem to parts of speech, syntactic categories to reduplicative features andsome short text passages. The book is written in transliteration throughout toprovide ease and convenience to non-Bengali as well as to Bengali linguistsand students. In order to connect linguistic analysis with the livinglanguage, the book is furnished with plenty of real language examples,demonstrating the spirit, grace and wit of the Bangla language.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Bengali (ben)

Written In: English (eng)

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