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former president of the Universala Esperanto-Asociowd:Q12817
country of citizenship: India
native language: Bengali
language of expression: Esperanto, English, French, German, Sanskrit, Bengali
occupation: linguist, Esperantist, writer, translator, university teacher, Esperantologist
position held: President of the Universal Esperanto Association, Universal Esperanto Association committee member, Board member of UEA, president of the Academy of Esperanto
Probal Dasgupta (born 1953 in Kolkata, India) is an Indian Linguist, Esperanto speaker and activist. Dasgupta's interest in linguistics started at a very young age. He published his first article in phonology at the age of eighteen in Indian Linguistics the journal of the Linguistic Society of India His 1980 New York University Ph.D dissertation Questions and Relative and Complement Clauses in a Bangla Grammar is considered one of the seminal works in Bangla syntax.
Apart from syntax Dasgupta has worked and written a great deal on morphology and sociolinguistics. He has developed a new approach to linguistics, called Substantivism, in partnership with Rajendra Singh, whose approach to morphology (Whole Word Morphology) forms part of the substantivist programme. Dasgupta was made an honorary member of the Linguistic Society of America in 2004.
Outside of formal linguistics Dasgupta has written extensively on topics in Esperanto studies, sociolinguistics and literary theory. In his many writings he has also been vocal about political and social issues. "The Otherness of English: India's Auntie Tongue Syndrome", in which he talks of the situation of English in India, has led to various debates on the social implications of the presence of English in IndiaDasgupta has been a member of the Akademio de Esperanto since 1983. He served as the Vice-President of the Akademio for five terms from 2001 to 2015. In February 2016 he was elected the Akademio's President for a term of 3 years ending in 2019 and has been re-elected to serve in the same capacity for another term that ends in 2022. Earlier, Dasgupta served as the president of Universal Esperanto Association for two terms, 2007–10 and 2010-13.
In 2006, he moved from the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies (CALTS), University of Hyderabad where he had been working as a Professor of Linguistics to the Linguistic Research Unit at the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata where he was the head from 2008 until his retirement in 2018.
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collaborative work dedicated to Humphrey Tonkinwd:Q15545540
author: Humphrey Tonkin, Probal Dasgupta, Louis-Christophe Zaleski-Zamenhof, Mark Fettes, Jouko Lindstedt, Vilmos Benczik, Rafaela Urueña, Federico Gobbo, Liu Haitao, Sabine Fiedler, Dalibor Brozović, István Ertl, Arikapalli Giridhar Rao, Seán Ó Riain, José Antonio Vergara, Aleksandr Dulichenko, Věra Barandovská-Frank, Wera Paintner, Claude Gacond, Wim Jansen, Boris Kolker, Ilona Koutny, Geraldo Mattos, Christopher Gledhill, Aleksandr Melnikov, Till Dahlenburg, John C. Wells, Renato Corsetti, Michel Duc-Goninaz, Christer Kiselman, Marc Bavant, Carlo Minnaja, E. James Lieberman, Ulrich Lins, Toño del Barrio, Vladimir Samodaj, Vlastimil Novobilský, Chengtai Shi, Ed Borsboom, Werner Bormann, Jorge Camacho, Zbigniew Galor, Nikola Rašić, Hèctor Alòs i Font, Ziko van Dijk, Radojica Petrović, Katalin Kováts, Imre Ferenczy, Petr Chrdle, Amri Wandel, Barbara Pietrzak, Thomas Bormann, Mauro La Torre, Victor Sadler, Toon Witkam, Trevor Steele, Paul Gubbins, Julian Modest, Baldur Ragnarsson, Anna Löwenstein, Roman Dobrzyński, Li Shijun, Duncan Charters, Peter Baláž, Miroslav Malovec, Jukka Pietiläinen, Edmund Brent, Gregoire Maertens, So Gilsu, Marjorie Boulton, Michela Lipari, Ursula Grattapaglia, Hans Bakker, Ivo Osibov, Hans Michael Maitzen, Ulla Luin, György Nanovfszky, Renée Triolle, Mikhail Bronshteyn, Stefan MacGill, Orlando Raola, Spomenka Štimec, Miyoshi Etsuo, Reinhard Fößmeier, Detlev Blanke, Frank Nuessel