Shakuntala Mahanta 

Shakuntala Mahanta 

Education: PhD
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Research Interests: Theoretical Phonology, Acoustic Phonetics and perception, Information Structure, Tone and intonation

Journal Publications

1. Priti Raychoudhury and Shakuntala Mahanta, "Sound Change and Tonogenesis in Sylheti", Linguistics Vanguard, Walter de Gruyter [2022],

2. Shakuntala Mahanta, Amalesh Gope and Priti Raychoudhury, "Pitch range and voice quality in Dimasa focus intonation", 'Languages' Special Issue on Exploring the Interaction between Phonation and Prosody, MDPI, vol.6, Issue no.4, ISBN.ISSN 2226-471X [2021],

3. Shakuntala Mahanta, Indranil Dutta, "Prolegomena to a special volume on South Asian phonetics and phonology", Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics, Walter De Gruyter, vol.7, Issue no.1, pp.0-0, ISBN.0 [2020]

4. Prarthana Acharyya, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Language Documentation and Conservation", Language vitality assessment of Deori: an endangered language., University of Hawaii Press, vol.13, Issue no.0, pp.514-544 [2019]

5. Kalyan Das, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Glossa: A journal of general linguistics", Boro Intonational Phonology, Ubiquity Press, vol.4(1), Issue no.103, pp.0-0 [2019],

6. Kalyan Das, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Distribution of Lexical Tones in Boro", Himalayan Linguistics, University of Santa Barbara, vol.17, Issue no.2, pp.56-67 [2018]

7. Shakuntala Mahanta, Amalesh Gope, "Tonal polarity in Sylheti in the context of noun faithfulness", Language Sciences, Elsevier, vol.69, Issue no.0, pp.80-97 [2018], 10.1016/j.langsci.2018.06.010

8. Shakuntala Mahanta, Indranil Dutta and Prarthana Acharyya, "Lexical tone in Deori: Loss, contrast and word based alignment", Papers in Historical Phonology, Edinburgh University Press, vol.2, Issue no.0, pp.51-87, ISBN.2399-6714 [2017]

9. Shakuntala Mahanta, "Natural Language and Linguistic Theory", Locality in exceptions and derived environments in vowel harmony, Springer, vol.4, Issue no.30, pp.1109-1146 [2012]

10. Shakuntala Mahanta, "Journal of the International Phonetic Association", Assamese: Language Description, Cambridge University Press, vol.2, Issue no.42, pp.217-224 [2012]

11. Shakuntala Mahanta, "The EFL Journal (special issue on Optimality Theory)", CHAIN SHIFTS, FEATURE DISTANCE AND CONTRAST PRESERVATION, Open Humanities Alliance (EFLU Press), vol.2, Issue no.3, pp.85-107, ISBN.0 [2012]

12. Shakuntala Mahnata, "Prominence as a left-edge parameter in Assamese, Bangla and Oriya: A phonetic and phonological investigation.", International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics. Vol XXXIII:, vol.Vol XXXIII, pp.101-128 [2010]

Conference Proceedings

1. Moumita Pakrashi, Brigitte Bigi and Shakuntala Mahanta, "Resources Creation of Bengali for SPPAS.", 10th Language & Technology Conference: Human Language Technologies as a Challenge for Computer Science and Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Apr 2023, Poznań, Poland, pp.218-222 [2023],

2. Krisangi Saikia & Shakuntala Mahanta, "Rhythm Measures and Language Endangerment: The Case of Deori", Speech and Computer - 25th International Conference, SPECOM 2023, Dharwad, India, November 29 - December 2, 2023, Proceedings, Part II. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 14339, Springer, pp.222-230 [2023],

3. Rosie Nempalching Hanshing & Shakuntala Mahanta, "Lexical Tones in Paite: A preliminary examination", In Radek Skarnitzl & Jan Volín (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Gaurant International, pp.1980-1984 [2023],

4. Malek al Hasan and Shakuntala Mahanta, "The Intonational Phonology of Syrian Arabic: A Preliminary Analysis", Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2022, International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), vol.2022, pp.190-194 [2022], doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-39

5. Moumita Pakrashi; Shakuntala Mahanta, "Analysis-By-Synthesis Modeling of Bengali Intonation", Speech and Computer: 24th International Conference, SPECOM 2022, Gurugram, India,, Springer, pp.533-544 [2022],

6. Priti Raychoudhury and Shakuntala Mahanta, "Proceedings of Speech Prosody, Tokyo, Japan", The three way tonal system of Sylheti, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.503-507, ISBN.0 [2020], 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-103

7. Shakuntala Mahanta, "Proceedings of ICPHS", Voiceless sonorants and lexical tone in Mog, In Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain & Paul Warren (eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.3852-3856, ISBN.0 [2019]

8. Shakuntala Mahanta, Somnath Roy, "Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH", A hybrid approach to grapheme to phoneme conversion in Assamese , ISCA, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.0-0, ISBN.0 [2018]

9. Shakuntala Mahanta, Prarthana Acharyya, "Proceedings of TAL 2018", Production and perception of lexical tone in Deori, Proc. 6th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2018), ISCA (International Speech Communication Association), vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.93-97, ISBN.0 [2018], doi: 10.21437/TAL.2018-19

10. Shakuntala Mahanta, Kalyan Das and Amalesh Gope, "Proceedings of the Annual Meetings on Phonology, 2016", On the phonetics and Phonology of Focus marking in Boro, Linguistic Society of America Open Journal systems, vol.2, Issue no.0, pp.307-311, ISBN.2377-3324 [2016], doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-63

11. Asim I. Twaha, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Proceedings of the Annual Meetings on Phonology, 2015", The Phonology of Contrastive Focus in Standard Colloquial Assamese, Linguistic Society of America Open Journal systems, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.152-156, ISBN.2377-3324 [2016], 10.21437/TAL.2016-33

12. Kalyan Das, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Proceedings of Tonal Aspects of Languages", Tonal Alignment and Prosodic Word domain in Boro, ISCA, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.0-0 [2016]

13. Asim Twaha, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages, 2016", Morphological Focus Marking in Standard Colloquial Assamese, University of Konstanz Open Journal Systems, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.45-52, ISBN.2510-2818 [2016]

14. Kalyan Das, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2016", Focus marking and pitch register modification in Boro, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.864-868 [2016], 0.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-177

15. Amalesh Gope, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Proceedings of the Annual Meetings on Phonology, 2016", Perception of Lexical Tones in Sylheti, Linguistic Society of America Open Journal systems, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.307-311, ISBN.0 [2016], 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-63

16. Amalesh Gope, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2016", Correlation between Sylheti Tone and Phonation, ISCA, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.307-311 [2016], 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-63

17. Asim Twaha, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Proceedings of Tonal Aspects of Languages", Phonetic cues to contrastive focus in Standard Colloquial Assamese, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.152-156 [2016], doi: 10.21437/TAL.2016-33

18. Amalesh Gope, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Proceedings of the International Conference of Phonetic Sciences", Lexical Tones in Sylheti, ICPhS, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.10-14 [2015]

19. Shakuntala Mahanta, Asim Twaha, "Proceedings of Interspeech 2013", Presentational Focus in the Nalbariya variety of Assamese, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.0-0, ISBN.0 [2013]

20. D. Govind, SRM Prasanna, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2012", Significance of Duration in the Prosodic Analysis of Assamese, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.0-0, ISBN.0 [2012]

21. Shakuntala Mahanta, "Proceedings of NELS 2007", Sequential Markedness Constraints and iterativity, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.0-0 [2008]

22. Shakuntala Mahanta, "Local vs. non-local consonantal intervention.", Proceedings of ConSOLE XV. Sylvia Blaho, Camelia Constantinescu and Eric Schoorlemmer Eds. 165-188., ConSOLE, pp.165-188, ISBN.1 [2008]

23. Shakuntala Mahanta, "On Consonantal Intervention in Vowel Harmony", Proceedings of WECOL (Western Conference in Linguistics) 2007. Erin Bainbridge and Brian Agbayani eds. 134 - 148., Western conference on Linguistics, vol.1, pp.134-148 [2007],

24. Shakuntala Mahanta, "On the Convergence of Positional Faithfulness and Positional Markedness. edited by Aviad Eilam, Laia Mayol, Tatjana Scheffler, and Joshua Tauberer.", University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 13.1. 197-210, University of Pennsylvania, vol.1, pp.197-210, ISBN.1 [2006]

Book Chapter

1. Chandni Khaind & Shakuntala Mahanta, ""Predicting Reading Development in Assamese Primary School Children With Accuracy and Fluency Tasks."" , In Developmental Language Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence edited by Dimitra V. Katsarou, 145-156. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2023. , IGI Globak , [2023]

2. Paul Arsenault and Shakuntala Mahanta, "The Oxford Handbook of Vowel Harmony, Nancy Ritter and Harry van der Hulst (eds.)" , Vowel harmony in the languages of India , Oxford University Press , [2022]

3. Shakuntala Mahanta, "The Oxford Handbook of Vowel Harmony, Nancy Ritter and Harry van der Hulst (eds.)" , Directionality in vowel harmony , Oxford University Press , [2022]

4. Asim Twaha, Shakuntala Mahanta, "Prosodic Variation (with)in Languages - Intonation, Phrasing and Segments - Marisa Cruz" , Prosody of contrastive focus in two varieties of Assamese , London: Equinox Press , vol.0 ISBN.9.78E+12, pp.0-0, [2018]

5. Shakuntala Mahanta, "Kamrupiya, a dialect of Assamese." , "Novye indoariyskie yazyki. (Modern Indo-Aryan languages) Series Yazyki Mira, , Russian Academy of Sciences. Moskva (Moscow): Nauka , vol.16 , [2007]

6. Shakuntala Mahanta, "Assamese Nasals blocking harmony" , A. Kerkhoff, O. Sadeh Leicht and J. de Lange eds. Utrecht Institute of Linguistics Publications. , Utrecht Institute of Linguistics , vol.2004 ISBN.1, [2004]


1. Shakuntala Mahanta, "Where the principles fail: A Festschrift for Wim Zonneveld", Cognitive biases in the learning of opacity in vowel harmony, Utrecht: LOT Press, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.135-147 [2014]

2. Shakuntala Mahanta, "Annual Review of South Asian Languages and Linguistics: 2009", Morpheme Specific Exceptional Processes and Emergent Unmarkedness in vowel harmony, Walter De Gruyter, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.66-95 [2009]

3. Shakuntala Mahanta, "LOT Dissertation Series 173", Directionality and Locality in Vowel Harmony, Utrecht: LOT Press, vol.0, Issue no.0, pp.0-0, ISBN.9.79E+12 [2008]

4. S. Mahanta, A. Asbury and I.Brasileiro, "UiL-OTS Yearbook co-edited with A. Asbury and I. Brasileiro. Utrecht: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics Publishers. ISSN 1387-8360", Utrecht Institute of Linguistics-OTS, vol.1, ISBN.1 [2005]


Digital preservation, analysis and technology development of the languages of Northeast India
Funding Agency : DeITy
Principal Investigator: Shakuntala Mahanta
Co-investigator: SRM Prasanna
Duration/Starting Year: 0000-00-00 to 0000-00-00
Status: Completed

Sl.No Name Thesis Title PhD Status
1 Priti Raychoudhury PROSODIC ASPECTS OF SYLHETI Completed
2 Kanak Kanti Bera Vowel-to-vowel coarticulation in Bangla: An Experimental-acoustic study Completed
3 Prarthana Acharyya Prosodic features of Sylheti Completed
4 Kalyan Das Tone and intonation in Bodo Completed
5 Asim-Ul Islam Twaha Intonational phonology and focus in two varieties of Assamese Completed
6 Amalesh Gope The phonetics and phonology of sylheti tonogenesis
7 Neetesh Kumar Ojha Prosodic features of Braj APR1
8 Krisangi Saikia SOAS
9 Baidurya Kanti Mandal Course Work
10 Malek Al Hasan Aspects of Syrian Arabic Prosody SOAS
Sl.No Name Year Dissertation Title
1 Mohima Basumatary 2012 A Socio-linguistic Survey of Bodo Community

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Awards and Achievements

Award Title : GIAN course on Harmonic Grammar

Contribution to Linguistic theory
Awarded By : MHRD
2016-12-14 National
Award Title : Fulbright for Academic and Professional Excellence

Contribution to Languages
Awarded By : USIEF
2015-2016 International
Award Title : Linguistic Society of America award 
Award Title : Fully funded scholarship for Phd from Utrecht University, The Netherlands (along with tuition waiver)

Contribution to Linguistics
Awarded By : Utrecht University, The Netherlands


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Title: Tone in Deori: A generational account

Name of Conference: 33rd South Asian Languages Roundtable

Adam Mickiewicz University , Poznan, Poland May 15, 2017 - May 17, 2017 International


Title: Microsoft Research

Name of Conference: Workshop on Tone and Intonation (WTI 2016)

Jan 7, 2016 - Jan 8, 2016 No.of Partcipants: 40 International View


Title: Invited talk, School of Language Sciences, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. August 24, 2010

Name of Invited Lecture: Cognitive biases in the learning of opaque segments.

English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. Aug 24, 2010 - Aug 24, 2010 National
Title: Invited talk, University of North Texas, 24 April 2016

Name of Invited Lecture: Nasal Harmony in Deori

University of North Texas Apr 24, 2016 - Apr 24, 2016 International
Title: Invited Talk in the Department of Cognitive Science, University of Potsdam, Germany, March 26 2010

Name of Invited Lecture: Phonological bias in the learning of opaque segments in vowel harmony.

University of Potsdam, Germany, Mar 26, 2010 - Mar 26, 2010 International
Title: Dhanivandanam, EFLU, Hyderabad

Name of Invited Lecture: Some aspects of intonation in Assamese

EFLU, Hyderabad Feb 10, 2017 - Feb 10, 2017 National
Title: Keynote speech, ICOLSI

Name of Invited Lecture: Focus and phrasing in Assamese

Jadavpur University,, Kolkata Jan 16, 2017 - Jan 16, 2017 National
Title: Intonation in Dimasa

Name of Invited Lecture: Intonational Phonology of Typologically Rare or Understudied Languages

Melbourne University, Melbourne Aug 19, 2019 - Aug 19, 2019 International


Title: MHRD

Name of Short-term Course: GIAN course on Harmonic Grammar: Models and Methods

Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 21, 2017 No.of Partcipants: 26 National View
Title: KIC

Name of Short-term Course: TEQIP Symposium on Language Literature and Cognition

Nov 25, 2015 - Nov 27, 2015 No.of Partcipants: 20 National View