SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Dr Hanne-Ruth Thompson

PhD (London)
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Hanne-Ruth Thompson
South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Research Associate

SOAS South Asia Institute

Member, Centre of South Asian Studies

Centre for Translation Studies (CTS)

Member, Centre for Translation Studies

Dr Hanne-Ruth Thompson
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SOAS University of London
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Thesis title:
'Toward a definitive grammar of Bengali: a practical study and critique of research on selected grammatical structures'



Hanne-Ruth Thompson's main area of research is Bengali grammar. She did her MA in German and English literature and language, with the main emphasis on structural linguistics. After living in Bangladesh for almost four years she wrote a short grammar and dictionary of colloquial Bengali for foreigners. This led straight into her doctoral studies at SOAS on selected grammatical structures of Bengali. Since obtaining her PhD in 2004 she has written various articles and a concise Bengali dictionary for Hippocrene in New York. Her main project is a comprehensive new grammar of Bengali, for which she has a contract with Routledge.


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Regional Expertise
  • South Asia
Country Expertise
  • Bangladesh
  • Bengali


Authored Books

Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2011) Bengali (Bangla)-English/ English-Bengali (Bangla) Dictionary & Phrasebook. New York: Hippocrene.

Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2010) Buddhadeva Bose, Das Maedchen meines Herzens, translated from Bengali. Berlin: Ullstein.

Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2010) Bengali: A Comprehensive Grammar. Abingdon: Routledge.

Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2001) Essential everyday Bengali: a grammar and glossary of colloquial Bengali with examples throughout. Dhaka: Bangla Academy.


Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2006) 'Negation Patterns in Bengali'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (69) 2, pp 243-265.

Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2005) 'My love affair with Bangla'. Bangla Journal.

Book Chapters

Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2009) 'On the beauty of Bangla grammar – dissent and exploration'. In: Sarker, Swarochish and Rahman, Mahbubar, (eds.), Pritikumar Mitra Commemorative Volume. Rajshahi, Bangladesh: Institute of Bangladesh Studies, pp 274-284.

Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2008) 'On the beauty of Bangla grammar: dissent and exploration'. In: Sarkar, Swarocish, (ed.), Commemorative volume for Priti Kumar Mitra = Prītikumāra Mitra smārakagrantha. Rajshahi: Rajshahi.

Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2007) 'Bangladesh'. In: Simpson, Andrew, (ed.), Language and national identity in Asia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2007) 'Panini's Magic: towards a clearer picture of the Bengali case system'. In: Dash, Niladri Sekhar and Dasgupta, Probal and Sarkar, Pabitra, (eds.), Rainbow of Linguistics. Kolkata: T Media Publications.

Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2006) 'Eri majhe banglar pran'. Desh. Kolkata.

Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2005) 'Bengali'. In: Brown, Keith, (ed.), Encyclopedia of language & linguistics. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Conference Items

Thompson, Hanne-Ruth (2010) 'A new Bengali grammar' In: Bengali grammar lecture, September 2010, Dhaka University, Kolkata University, Visva Bharati Santiniketan. [Unpublished]


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