GUWAHATI: Renowned linguist Prof. Golok Chandra Goswami passed away today morning at a private hospital in Guwahati. Goswami who spearheaded scientific study of Assamese language was 96 at the time of his death.
The eminent scholar was born in 1923 in Morigaon district. He joined the department of Assamese at Gauhati University as a lecturer in July, 1954 and retired as a Professor and the head on August 1, 1985.
His book titled ‘An Introduction to Assamese Phonology’ is regarded as the path breaking contribution to the linguistic study of Assamese language. The book was published by Dr. Sumitra Mangesh Katre, director of Post Graduate and Research Institute of Deccan College on the institute’s behalf.
Other remarkable publications to Prof. Golok Chandra Goswami’s credit include– Structure of Assamese, Revised and Edited: Dr. Banikanta kakati’s Assamese, Its Formation and Development, Dhvni Bigyanor Bhumika, Asomiya Bornoprakash, Asomiya Akhor Jotoni etc.
Late Gowami was also honoured with many prestigious awards including Asom Sahitya Sabha’s ‘Sahityacharya’ title, ‘Bhashacharya’ title by Asom Bhasha Bikash Samiti and ‘Anundoram Borooah Award’ by Anundoram Barooah Institute of Language, Art and Culture.
Meanwhile, chief minister Sarbanada Sonowal expressed his anguish over the demise of the renowned linguist and litterateur.
The demise of eminent litterateur and linguist Golok Chandra Goswami is a huge loss to the Assamese society and particularly to Assamese literature.
My sincere condolences to his bereaved family members and well wishers. pic.twitter.com/7vXYlYZe5X
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) January 24, 2020
Condoling the death of Prof. Goswami, Assam health, finance and education minsiter Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma termed it as an irreparable loss to the State.
স্বনামধন্য ভাষাবিদ, সাহিত্যাচাৰ্য ড০ গোলোকচন্দ্ৰ গোস্বামীৰ বিয়োগত মৰ্মাহত হৈছো। অসমে আজি এগৰাকী মহান পণ্ডিতক হেৰুৱালে।কেবাখনো অমূল্য গৱেষণামূলক গ্ৰন্থ,ব্যাকৰণৰ প্ৰণেতা ড০ গোস্বামীৰ অৱদান অসমে কেতিয়াও নাপাহৰে৷ এই বিয়োগ এক অপূৰণীয় ক্ষতি ৷ তেওঁৰ বিদেহ আত্মাৰ সদগতি কামনা কৰিলোঁ৷
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) January 24, 2020
Asom Sahitya Sabha president Paramananda Rajbongshi and chief secretary Padum Rajkhowa also mourned the death of the prominent scholar.