'Applying Psycholinguistics to Inform Language Production in Bangla'
Dr. Niladri Sekhar Dash works as Associate Professor in Linguistic Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute (The Institute of National Importance, Govt. of India), Kolkata, India. For last 25 years, he has been working in Corpus Linguistics, Language Technology, Language Documentation and Digitization, Computational Lexicography, Computer Assisted Language Teaching, and Machine Translation. To his credit, he has published 16 research monographs and more than 250 research papers in peer-reviewed international and national journals, anthologies, and conference proceedings. Dr. Dash acts as a Research Advisor for several multinational organisations which are working on Language Technology, Natural Language Processing, and Computational Lexicography.
As a British Academy Visiting Fellow, Dr. Dash will be hosted in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences (PCLS) and the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CELM) at the University of Reading. He will be working in collaboration with Dr. Arpita Bose, Associate Professor of Clinical Language Sciences, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading.
In this project, they will use mutual expertise to achieve the following: to develop stimuli sets in Bangla to test specific questions on language production; to adapt and develop experimental paradigms to test Indian populations; and implement Bangla linguistic knowledge to interpret language production deficits in neurological impairments.
The project will give them an opportunity to develop materials and methodologies appropriate for the Indian population to make some significant contribution to the theoretical understanding of language and mind. It will also contribute to the development of clinical tools that can aid in assessment and intervention for speech-language impaired populations.