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Devika Panikar

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δάσκαλος (dáskalos) means the teacher in Greek. Devika Panikar has been teaching English Language and Literature since 2006. She is an Assistant Professor with the Directorate of Collegiate Education under the Government of Kerala. She teaches at the Government Colleges coming under this directorate and is now posted at the Department of English, Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram. This website is a collection of the lecture notes that she prepared by referring to various sources, for her students’ perusal. It has been compiled here for the sake of future generations.

Modern Linguisitics: Aims and Attitudes

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Basic Sentence Patterns

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The Writing Process

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Strong and Weak Forms

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Pamela or Virtue Rewarded

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Synonyms

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Poem in October

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Religio Medici

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Syntax

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Fundamentals of Writing

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