Jorhat, Feb. 26: The second edition of the first volume of Axomiya Jatiya Abhidhan, the national Assamese dictionary, was released today at the Asom Jatiya Prakash complex here.
The lexicon is 500 pages longer than the first edition, which contained 1,000 pages, and weighs 4.5kg.
Devabrata Sharma, chief editor of the dictionary, said after the release of the first four volumes, the response to the compilation was so great that many ethnic words and words related to scientific and technological terminology had to be incorporated for the second edition.
Sharma said the publishing house was planning on a complete and comprehensive history of Assam, which would have 100 volumes and more.
Basanta Kumar Doley, former president of Mising Agom Kebang, who released the dictionary, spoke about the simplification of the Assamese language and its scope being broadened by accommodating the vocabulary of all communities and ethnicities, which once formed the greater Assamese society.
Along with this volume, the second edition of Jorhator Itihax, a history of Jorhat written by Kathashilpi Dimbeswar Dayal Sharma, was also released.
The book releases marked the second death anniversary of Sharma.
The book has a lot more detail and a few extra chapters, which the writer had recorded but had not been printed in the first edition.
The inspector of schools, Kamal Jyoti Gogoi, inaugurated Upendra Nath Sarma Kala Kendra at the complex.
The room contains a number of old woollen materials along with dolls depicting the various atrocities on women like Sati to rape and dowry torture.
Earlier in the day, a debate competition was held for schoolchildren.