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Department of Linguistics
The DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS in the University of Kerala is the only one of its kind in the Kerala State.Established in 1963, it is charged with the responsilbility of promoting research at an advanced level into all aspects of linguisticsin general and of the malayalam language in particular.The output of the department in terms of the academic qualifications, distinctions and publications of the faculty,quality and number of theses(at the Ph.D,M.Phil and M.A levels), produced, research projects taken up and successfully completed, courses run, infrastructure of laboratory and library facilities available, programmes undertaken for faculty improvement and spread of the discipline have won due recognition in academic circles.
The Department runs M.A.degree course(Linguistics), M.Phil and Ph.D programmes recognised by the University Grants Commission for their faculty improvement programme, two laboratories(Phonetic Laboratory and the Language Laboratory) and a reference-cum-lending library.
The department had done a pioneering expedition, an elaborate linguistic survey of Kerala through a decade long exploratory research. The Dialect Survey of Malayalam encompassing the Nair and Ezhava/Thiyya dialects of the state of Kerala as the first of its kind in India. Based on this internationally acclaimed study, the Malayalam dialect Atlas was developed.The Atlas depicts the Isoglosses of Kerala into many fundamental detailing.