A LAN-based interactive language laboratory equipped with software such as Multi speech, Praat, and Wave surfer was set up in the department in 2007 with a grant provided to the department by the University Grants Commission of India. The laboratory is used to complement classroom teaching in Phonetics and Applied Linguistics and also in short-term courses conducted by the department
The Linguistics Discussion Group (LDG)
The LDG is a forum for students, research scholars and teachers in the department to interact and discuss Linguistics outside the classroom. The group meets on Friday afternoons during a semester. Invited lectures by senior linguists, presentation of unresolved problems/on-going or finished research by faculty and students in the department, group discussion of current debates and published research papers are some of the activities conducted under the LDG.
Taking cognizance of the interest in Linguistics from various quarters of academe, the industry and society at large, the department organises the following short-term courses:
Phonetics for Corporate Language Trainers
Phonetics for School-Teachers
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to the Languages of India
Taking cognizance of the changing language needs of the industry, the department has since 2006 organised short-term courses for the general public in Computational Linguistics, Phonetics for corporate language trainers and a course in Phonetics for school-teachers will soon be organised.
A national seminar was held in January 2006 to celebrate the birth centenary of the father of modern Linguistics in India, Dr. S.M. Katre. Both the HRD Ministry and the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore had extended financial support for the organization of this seminar.
In November 2007, the 3rd International Conference of Austro-Asiatic Languages (ICAAL), which had participants from Australia, the UK, the Netherlands, Thailand, Cambodia as well as scholars from the Indian states, was also successfully organized by this Department. The 30th All India Conference of Indian Linguists was hosted by the department in November 2008 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Postgraduate teaching in Linguistics in the Department.