Reviving a language, saving a community and an extraordinary Habibur Rahman

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When archaeologists dig up centuries-old antiquities buried underground, they place the equipment very carefully at the excavation site so that the artifacts are not damaged by the tools. In the same way, a language almost lost and unknown to society at large is like an artifact for a dedicated linguist. Just as the inexperienced spade of a clumsy researcher risks damaging valuable artifacts, an inexperienced research also risks causing irreparable damage to the language concerned.

Like all other languages, the Thar language has an origin or birth and an evolution or growth. From this point of view, this language has an abstract vitality. And anyone who has a life can have a biography. The way this book is written can be called a “biography of the Thar language”, because, while describing the origin and development of this language, Habibur Rahman does not stick specifically to the context of that particular language. It presents a holistic picture of universal language. It paints a portrait of a dying language, but captures the common coexistence of all other languages.

Through this book, we can know that its grammar and language structure is similar to Bengali (the Bengali language). The author informs us that in the future, this book will allow the Bede community to trace the source and structure of their mother tongue.

This book has 11 chapters. In the first chapter, the definition and characteristics of the language, the origin of the language, the differences of the language and the diversity of the language, etc. are described in a very academic way. From the theories of linguists in these cases to commentaries on language found in the scriptures, detailed information is included in this chapter.

This is followed by an introductory discussion of the Thar language in the second chapter. The chapter titled “Ethnic Identity of the Bede People and Thar Language” explains the ethnic identity of the Bede people, the origin of the Thar language, the position of the Thar language in terms of language and literature.

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