This book is a study of modern Bengali words based on the data obtained from a corpus of written texts. The author has used all kinds of data, information and examples from the Bengali corpus to shape up this text. He has made an empirical attempt to analyse Bengali words and other lexical items from the perspective of their surface orthographic representation to understand the internal structure of their composition with a focus on their functional roles in various contexts of their usage within texts. In order to achieve this goal, he has established a link between the internal composition and external representation of words within an interface of usage and function of words in texts. The issues addressed in the book include decomposition of words, interpretation of function of word-formative elements and analysis of lexico-semantic identities of the word-formative elements in relation to their function in words.
Niladri Sekhar Dash is an Assistant Professor at the Linguistic Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India. He developed an electronic dictionary of modern Bengali which contains nearly sixty thousand words with information on orthography, part-of-speech, meaning, synonyms, and usage for each entry word. The dictionary is used to develop an electronic Bengali-English bilingual dictionary and software for automatic correction of spelling errors in Bengali words. Dash's research interests include language technology, machine translation and natural language processing.
Acknowledgements; Bengali vowel sounds in cardinal diagram; Roman and IPA codes for Bengali vowels and allographs; Bengali consonants; Roman and IPA codes for Bengali consonants; Introduction; 1. Word: a conceptual complexity; 2. Usage of some word formative elements in Bengali; 3. Frequency of use of words in Bengali; 4. Structural components of Bengali words; 5. Use of affixes with Bengali words; 6. Postpositions used in Bengali; 7. Compound nouns and adjectives; 8. Structure of reduplicated forms in Bengali; 9. Lexical naturalization in Bengali; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.