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February 19th, 2012

"Standard English: what it isn’t" : a summary

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Submitted by monmajhi [Guest] on Sun, 19/02/2012 - 12:49pm
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PREFACE:
I recently stumbled upon the following summary of an article titled "Standard English: what it isn’t", by the eminent sociolinguist Peter Trudgill. I wrote this a long time ago as a training 'reading assignment'. Majority of it is cut/paste business I think (I haven't closely compared it with the original this time). But, since the recent Bangladesh High Court suo moto ruling against the use of "distorted Bangla" and the resultant debate (a very old one though) on 'Standard Bangla", it occurred to me that this article by Mr Trudgill, a well known authority on dialects , is although about English and not about Bangla or at all about the kind of debate we are having at this moment due to the High Court ruling - may still be able to shed a bit of light on some issues relevant to us - albeit very indirectly.

So, I've decided to post my summary here (without the last 2 paragraphs of it) in the spirit of sharing and hoping that it is suitable for Sachalayatan and does not break any of its posting guideline and most importantly - readers find it illuminating, interesting and pertinent in some way, despite the poor quality of my summarization. Interested readers can still read the full original article by Trudgill here.



February 18th

“Allat!” Sundarban

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Submitted by Mustafiz on Sat, 18/02/2012 - 3:02pm
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Only a few tourists were lucky enough to be able to see a tiger face to face in Sundarban. Someone who has faced a tiger, I haven’t heard of him yet. But of course, every time I’ve been there I’ve heard of people who were attacked. Sometimes the dead body could be brought back, sometimes not. This time we heard of three attacks. All three were fresh attacks.


Freedom Paradigm of Development

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Submitted by guest_writer on Sat, 18/02/2012 - 1:13pm
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Thus spake Yajnavalkya

Achieving development both in individual and collective level is a prime issue of discussion with a historic expansion. Throughout the life significant portion is lost finding the answer how to live and live nicely. We can remember the proverbial conversation between famous Vedic saint Yajnavalkya and his wife Maitreyee. Maitreyee asked whether it is possible to achieve ‘immortality through gaining the whole earth full of wealth’. ‘No’ responds Yajnavalkya, ‘like the life of rich people will be your life. But there is no hope of immortality by wealth.’ Maitreyee remarks, ‘What should I do with that by which I do not become immortal?’ This mythical question remains still making its face towards us even today. Hence proceeds the humanity towards the capability to live really long and to have a good life while alive- rather than being immortal like Maiteyee.


February 13th

The world of phrase- action will be taken upon investigation

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Submitted by rataswaraniya [Guest] on Mon, 13/02/2012 - 12:20am
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Kashya Modang Karjanchage- known to many, especially the people trade with land should know it well. Likewise, a popular English phrase- To Whom It May Concern. The English one is understandable to mass while the first one is not so easy to interpret. Recently I asked a young legal practitioner to make it easy for me but he couldn’t make it out.


February 12th

February 11th

The government did not accept the challenge of Shajahan Khan

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Submitted by rataswaraniya [Guest] on Fri, 10/02/2012 - 11:32pm
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We don’t want to drive the vehicles any more. Rather, Ilyas Kanchan, Tarana Halim, and all other culprits who took part in the starvation should be brought on the steering wheel.


February 10th

The Great Gatsby

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Submitted by mahbub on Fri, 10/02/2012 - 6:28am
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One of the thin greita gyatasabi. I knew that it is a love novel. Story of two has been two times in the cinema. 01 of the second film in the disclosure, lionardo D kyaprio performed. So it was a book of hope.


Introducing Sachalayatan English Blog

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Submitted by mahbub on Fri, 10/02/2012 - 2:18am
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The idea of English section of Sachalayatan was mentioned few times earlier. With myriad of changes happening in Sachalayatan, this request kept falling down in the list of work to do. Finally I was able to put my hands on multilingual capabilities in Drupal system and set up it in Sachalayatan.

I hope Sachalayatan readers will enjoy the English blog as much as they do the Bangla one.