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Two largest lexicons published

Jorhat, July 7: After bringing out the biggest-ever comprehensive dictionary in Assamese (Asomiya Jatiya Abhidhan) running into four volumes with 5,700 pages with over two lakh words, the Asam Jatiya Prakash has completed two other lexicons — Asomiya Jatiya Abhidhan Bigyan Prajukti Khanda (A Dictionary of Scientific Technological Terms in Assamese), and Byabaharik Jatiya Abhidhan (Applied National Dictionary in both Assamese and English).

Both the dictionaries are the largest-ever to be published in the state. A pre-release function was held here today on the occasion of 12th anniversary of the Asomiya Jatiya Abhidhan’s conception.

The dummies of both the dictionaries have almost been completed and by November copies of both the books are expected to be released in the market.

Chief editor of the two lexicons, Devabrata Sharma, who was also the chief editor of the Jatiya Abhidhan, said after completing the ambitious project of bringing out the Abhidhan volumes, it was felt that there was a strong need for a dictionary with scientific terms in Assamese.

“Many well-wishers, including students, told us about the requirement of a comprehensive dictionary covering different branches of science as there were only two volumes of a science dictionary (brought out by Assam Science Society) available, which was not adequate as two volumes had only 815 pages,” Sharma said.

He said OIL (Oil India Limited) director (human resources and business development) Nripen Bharali had assured financial assistance if such a project was taken up. This had encouraged Asam Jatiya Prakash to undertake the project of bringing out the science dictionary.

The chief editor said new technology pertaining to mobile telephony, Internet and even automobiles and motorcycles have opened up a vast vista for which there was a need to be explained the same in Assamese.

He said from the research carried out for the Jatiya Abhidhan, a sizeable stock of words on science were compiled and so the organisation about two years back started the project on publishing the up-to-date largest-ever lexicon on scientific terms in Assamese.

The chief editor said the scientific lexicon so far comprises 1,059 pages and about 40,000 words, but the number of words and pages may go up because many photos and words are being added to it.

The book covers almost every branch of science, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology, zoology, botany, astronomy, medical science, agriculture, computer science and information technology. Sharma said efforts have been taken to make the lexicon easily understandable to the students by avoiding obsolete Sanskrit words.

Speaking about the Applied National Dictionary, the chief editor said the lexicon will be a concise one comprising short and to-the-point definitions of one lakh words (both Assamese and English) of everyday day usage. He said IOC has offered financial assistance for publishing the dictionary.

Jorhat deputy commissioner Solanki Vishal Vasant, OIL director (human resource and business development) Nripen Bharali, Kaushik Bora, executive director IOC (Assam oil division), Malini, scientist and writer, principal of Moran College and well-known Bihu expert Anil Saikia, former president of Jorhat district unit president of Asam Sahitya Sabha Binanda Baruah were among those who spoke at the pre-release function.

The list of advisers for both the projects includes former vice-chancellor of Dibrugarh University Kulendu Pathak, former vice-chancellor of Gauhati University Hiralal Duarah, pro-vice-chancellor of Tezpur University Amarjyoti Choudhary and innovator Udhab Bharali.