ARCHAEOLOGY OF BANGLA GRAMMAR

 

 

বাংলা ব্যাকরণের প্রত্নতত্ত্ব ARCHAEOLOGY OF BANGLA GRAMMAR

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Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay *

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ABSTRACT

 

It is a  post-structural intervention in the realm of Bangla grammars (written in 19th. C. and in the first phase of 20th.  C.) by deploying post-colonial irrationality. The work shows process of appropriation of grammatical discourse under the colonial rule in Bengal. Non-discursive formation (like colonialism, nationalism etc.) and the discursive formation of Bangla Grammar written under the colonial rule are correlated.  The epistemological thresholds among vyaakarana, general grammar, philology, linguistics and their amalgamations are shown in a mimic and hybrid space.

 

  • If grammar is within the biological existence of Speaking/Hearing Subjects, why are you writing grammar? Speaking on speaking means meta-speaking and that is the project of vyaakarana, general grammar, philology and linguistics despite their fuzzy as well as determined thresholds. Grammatical orders of things are controlled/ appropriated/ approximated/codified by the statist and familial non-discursivity. Grammar is political action that codifies S/HS’s docile body. Text books of grammar were analyzed to show the affinities between statist constitution and the constitution of grammar.

Therefore, let us have an anti-grammar (=GrammEr)—a pedagogical praxis in unschooling.

  • Linear deterministic history of language is a nation statist project—a genealogical fantasy confirmed by pratyavijna.  Inanimate arbitrary signs are animated, a three-dimensional object—thus philology has become leisure class’s cup of tea. None talks about historicism.

Linear history of Bangla literature had overlapped with the “development” and “origin” of the Bangla language in the discourses of philologists and literary historians. Put why-question here as a connoisseur.

 

  • Compensatory lengthening or deaspiration  phenomena as described by Bengali philologists, are results of obsession with writing. Reduplication, as a term , tautologous. Relative degree of arbitrariness or switching over of sense organs in case of so-called icons, though was observed, were ignored. However large corpus was generated to show the autonomous status of imagined order: Nation state Bangla.

 

STRUCTURE OF THE PROJECT

 

  1. A Dream that subscribes nation statist imagination.
  2. Demanding Grammar (in the 19th Bengal)
  3. In Search of Mother (Land and Language): (Nation)State of affairs
  4. Episteme in the 19th. C. knowledge/power
  5. Institutionalizing Bangla
  6. Defining/extending (the border of) Bangla (A case of dispute with Oriya and Assamiya)
  7. Standardizing Bangla (n-glossia)
  8. Grammaticalizing Bangla (Discursive Formation of Bangla Grammar)
  9. Sunitikumar’s Psycho-Biography
  10. Anti-Grammar and Methodological issues

 

NEOLOGISM: Epistemological Amalgamation, allocurriculeme, n-glossia, anti-grammar= grammEr

 

 

For detailed discussion, kindly follow hyperlinks (blue-colored titles) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • “(M)Other Tongue Syndrome: From Breast To Bottle”. Kumar, R. ed. Studies in Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics. (pp. 87-106) Centre of Advanced Studies in Linguistics, Osmania University Hyderabad: Booklinks. ISBN 81-85194-68-8.  Download (.pdf)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French Translation:http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=2457511

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLOPHON: B. Ramakrishna Reddy, Probal Dasgupta

 

 

 

About Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay

Debaprasad Bandyopdhyay (b. 1965), through his 25 years journey in the realm of institutionalized academics did 27 different types of works, which are someway different from the earlier paradigms or, one might say that those works are not only mere reproductions of his inherited institutionalized cultural capital or a mimicry of a colonially imposed model that leads to intellectual anorexia or rather a type falsification of earlier paradigms. However, that might be not only a lofty claim but it also hid the fact that all our information and knowledge are socially accumulated knowledge that was, it is matter of regret, posed as private property through the sign © and the wisdom is rarely available. Bandyopadhyay’s works and projects are the products of his social milieu. Bandyopadhyay is a local sub-altern public sphere academician, who avoids the technical intelligentsia (followers of Sahib’s models and they are not committed to the persons who are accommodating surplus work-time to them by performing surplus labour) or inorganic intellectuals and thus fails to be a part of academic tribe and its subsequent socialization process. Of course, that socialization process does not lead to legendary Socratic dialogue. He is also a political activist though he has not affiliated to any political parties as he was always talking about the corporatization of political parties within the money-sign-based democratic system. He is a regular participant in TV and radio talk-shows and documentary films, street-corners’ talks and International seminars on socio-political, psychological, linguistic, environmental and economic issues. He also writes editorial columns in newspapers. He is also a part of parallel academics as it is found in West Bengal’s Little Magazine Movement, though that was not counted as the part his academic pursuit by his parent institute. His parent institute justifiably does not believe in the domain of parallel academics as this unorganized sector does not directly contribute in the transactions of formal/organized print capitalist eco-enemy paper-publication. Though the dissemination of knowledge is also observed in this space of these parallel academics as all these writings in public sphere simultaneously influence the classroom-discourse and some of them are translated into English, French and Italian. Not only that, Bandyopadhyay also sought engagement with the people, who, by supplying their surplus labour, are sustaining his livelihood. Bandyopadhyay, a linguist by training and a Ph.D.-holder (1996), a junior lecturer (1999-2011) in an autonomous central government institute in India, tries his best for those from he has received and is receiving the manifestation of surplus labour by executing some self-funded projects on economic issues in West Bengal, India. Recently he has got a consolation promotion to the post of Assistant Professor. He has done following 27 research works: 1. Crippled Creativity: An inquiry into language, psyche, society: 2. VALENCY OF BANGLA VERB AND PROBLEM OF COMPOUND VERBS: 3. Archaeology of Bangla Grammar : 4. CAN COMPUTER SPEAK? 5. FUZZY LOGICAL EXPRESSION IN BANGLA : 6. FOLKLORE AND FOLK-LANGUAGE: MYTH OR REALITY? 7. HISTORICISM IN THE DISCOURSE OF BANGLA LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 8. ABHABA, ECP, DELETION AND TRACE 9. SVATVA OR MY-NESS AND ECONOMIC ENTITLEMEMT 10. TRANSLATION STUDIES 11. MASCULINITY STUDIES 12. YAYATI & BABAR COMPLEX 13. SOCIO-ECONOMIC SURVEYS IN AGRICULTURE AND INDUSTRY IN WEST BENGAL 14. CONCEPT OF BODY IN INDIAN PHILOSOPHY AND ARCHITECTURE 15. THE CONCEPT OF ERROR (KHYATI) IN MAD-(WO)MEN’S LANGUAGE 16. THE CONCEPT OF PERCEPTUAL TIME AND GRAMMATICAL TIME IN BANGLA 17. BANGLA CALLIGRAPHY, LANGUAGE ART AND LINGUISTIC PEDAGOGY 18. WO(L)D SPACES: NON-EXISTENCE OF WORDS 19. ANEKANTA METHODS 20. SILENCEME: SILENT OTHER IN LINGUISTICS 21. IMAGINED BOUDARIES AND PRE-COLONIAL INDIAN IMAGI-NATION 22. MAKING OF THE INDIAN PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 23. SEGMENTING THE SUPRASEGMENTALS : MUSICKING IN SPEAKING 24. INTERPRETING GENETIC STRUCTURE BY DEPLOYING LINGUISTIC STRUCTURE 25. GLOTTOPOLITICS OF LINGUISTIC SUBALTERNITY OR AN AGENDA FOR PLANNING FROM BELOW 26. SEMIOTICS OF PHOTOGRAPHY 27. SOCIOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY ACADEMICS
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