163-year-old Assamese Dictionary Found In The US

A proud moment for the Assamese – the language’s first grammar book has been recovered from the library of the University of California in the US. The 163-year-old book was printed in 1848. It was compiled by reverend Nathan Brown. His dictionary was centred around Jaduram Dekaborua’s vision of the language that had words based on actual pronunciations.

Conservationists, traditionalists and liberals have been debating about the usage of Sanskrit-origin words and those of others in Assamese language. This discovery will also help in the simplification of the Assamese spelling system. The difference between the two major groups are the presence and functions of vowels – especially the positioning of short and long vowels.

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