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MPhil/Phd Courses

MPhil/Phd Courses

For information and guidelines regarding the duration of the course, the number of courses and credit requirements per semester, and eligibility requirements for the awarding of the degree and related matters the students are advised to consult the relevant Academic Ordinances of the University. Given below is the list of courses for M. Phil. Offered by the Centre and some of the major areas of research.


New Issues and Themes in Biolinguistics
This course is a survey of current research in areas and issues in Biolinguistics. It also proposes to cover a variety of approaches to language design (as a biological system) and the evolution of language. Some of the major areas of research will be covered in the following sections:

s Acquisition of speech and language

s Cognition and perception studies through different disorders of communication.

s Studies in lateralization and localization of language in brain through imaging techniques.

s Genes and language/speech.

s Speech and voice patterns of genetically related people

s Language and evolution


List of Courses For M. Phil

Students are required to take any four courses in the first two semesters of the programme

Course No.


LE601 Research Methodology  4
LE602 Structure of Contemporary English 4
LE603 Applied English Linguistics 4
LE604 Literature in India 4
LE605 Phonology and Syntax of English 4
LE606 Teaching of English in India  4
LE607 Stylistics and Discourse Analysis 4
LE608 History and Development of English Language 4
LE612 Semiotics of Creative Process in Language & Literature  4
LE613 Seminar 4
LE615 Readings in Linguistics  4
LE618 Indian English in its Socio-cultural & Historical Setting  4
LE620 Socio-linguistics 4
LE622 Lexicography  4
LE623 Theoretical Issues in  Syntax and Semantics 4
LE625 Areal Linguistics and Language Typology 4
LE626 Indian Linguistic Tradition 4
LE629 Structuralism and Literary Critique 4
LE630 Structures of Lesser Known Languages 4
LE631 Saussure and Semiology 4
LE632 Glossematics and the Danish School Linguistics 4
LE633 Conceptual Structures in Language, Literature, Art and Culture   4
LE635 Semantics: Language and   Cultural Perception 4
LE636 Vakyapadiya: Philosophy of Language and Linguistics 4
LE637 Applied Linguistics 4
LE638 Readings in Natural Language Processing 4
LE639 Indian Linguistic Tradition 4
LE641 Pedagogical Theory and Practice 4
LE642 Cognitive Linguistics 4
LE644 First Language Acquisition: Issues of Methodology & Analysis 4
LE645 Linguistics and the Human Sciences 4
LE646 Language and Interpretation 4
LE647  Language Contact and Language Convergence  4
LE648 Montague Grammar 4
LE649 Computational Semantics 4
LE653 Formal Methods in Computational Linguistics   4
LE654 Topics in Formal Semantics 4
LE655 Speech Sciences and their Application 4
LE656 English in Contact 4
LE658 Socio-linguistics: Issues and Perspectives 4
LE663 Post-structuralism  4
LE664 Issues and Themes in Biolinguistics  4
LE667 Language Documentation 4

The Centre has awarded more than 82 M.Phil.s and 52 Ph.D.s  in the subject so far.

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Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.