Jahnabee Basumatary, Cotton University, Assam, India.
Gender in Bodo and Assamese Language: A Comparative Study
The comparative linguistics compares two or more different languages. It traces the evolution of languages and then establishes the relationships between them by comparing one with the other. Generally, this comparison is done between the languages that genetically related or the languages that are developed from one common source. The comparative linguistics may also compare between the languages which do not have their origin in the same common source. The Bodo and Assamese language are not originated from a common source. Boro language is originated from Tibeto-Burman group of Sino-Tibetan language family and Assamese language and Assamese language is oriented from the Indo-Aryan group of IndoEuropean language family. Though both the languages are developed from two different linguistic stocks, yet they posses some common characters. Because the speaker of these two languages have been living together in a same geographical area from the earlier periods. They are living in Assam just like good neighbors. So the Bodo speakers have incorporated some elements from The Indo-Aryan Assamese speakers and the Assamese speakers have incorporated some elements from the Tibeto-Burman Group of Bodo speakers. These mutual influences are basically seen in case of Phonology, Morphology, Syntax , Lexis of vocabulary and other sociocultural habits, and it helps to develop the socio-cultural integration in the region. Hence in this paper an attempt has been made to discuss the similarly characters in case of ‘Gender’ in both the languages. It is assumed that this paper will help the readers in observing the relationship between the Bodo and Assamese language and also help in bringing communal harmony as well as national integration, because difference or diversity enriches unity, the whole.