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Dr. Niladri Sekhar Dash, MA, Ph.D., ANLP, CCP
Associate Professor
Linguistic Research Unit
Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India
Editor-in-Chief: Journal of Advanced Linguistic Studies (JALS)
Guest Editor (Special Issue): Language Forum
Principal Investigator: Indian Languages Corpora Initiative-Bangla (DeitY, MeitY,  Govt. of India)
Principal Investigator: Indradhanush WordNet for Bangla (DeitY, MeitY, Govt. of India)

About Our Institute

Welcome to Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolakata, a unique Institute devoted to research, teaching and application of Statistics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Founded by Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in Kolkata on 17th December 1931, Institute gained the status of an "Institution of National Importance" by an Act of the Indian Parliament in 1959. The Headquarter of ISI is located in the northern fringe of the metropolis of Kolkata. Additionally, there are several Centers of this Institute located in Delhi, Bangalore, Giridih, Tejpur, Chennai, and Hyderabad. Research and teaching in Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, and related disciplines are the primary activities of the Institute. Teaching activities are undertaken mainly in Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad centres. Offices of the Institute located in several other cities in India are primarily engaged in projects and consultancy in Statistical Quality Control and Operations Research.

About Linguistic Research Unit (LRU)

The Linguistic Research Unit (LRU) is established by Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanabis, the Founder-Director of Indian Statistical Institute, in 1940’s or even earlier. One of the main research activities of the Unit, at that time, was related to analysis of frequency of occurrence of words in vocabularies of prominent Bengali authors, namely, Rabindranath Tagore, Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, Saratchandra Chattopadhyay, and others. The studies were innovations in Indian Linguistics and Professor Mahalanabis’ plan to apply statistical technology to linguistic data was an extremely modern one, particularly in Indian perspective. The studies on the vocabulary of these authors had tremendous relevance in studies on language use in Bengali and linguistics as well as stylistic predictions. The objectives were three-folds: working towards a basic Bengali primer based on colloquial Bengali; preparing graded word list for use in textbooks for children in three different age groups, and studying the vocabularies of representative authors in the stylistic (i.e., objective analysis of individual style of authors) point of view. At present the Unit continues with its research programs in the following areas: Cognitive Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Language Technology, Sociolinguistics, Field Linguistics and Descriptive Linguistics.



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Niladri Sekhar Dash,
Apr 28, 2015, 2:35 AM