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News - Oxford University Press launched Tamil, Gujarati online vocabulary

Tamil and Gujarati have joined Hindi to become the 2nd and 3rd Indian languages as part of Oxford Dictionaries' global languages initiative. Launched in September 2015 Oxford Global Languages (OGL) is a major initiative from Oxford Dictionaries which aims to build dictionaries and lexicographical resources for around 100 of the world's languages and to make them available online.

Objective of the programme :

The programme's objective is to transform the experience of millions of people worldwide by making content in their language available in digital form, on websites, in apps, and in many different tools and services.

Here's what Judy Pearsall said :

"OGL is a bold initiative from Oxford University Press for a modern challenge and a huge opportunity," Pearsall said. "Digital communication across the globe is dominated by English and other major global languages such as Chinese and Spanish. We are at a critical time in the nexus of the internet and its impact on language diversity and viability, and the time to act is now."
"As we develop more languages for OGL, we are putting a special focus on Indian languages," added Pearsall. "India has a remarkable linguistic landscape with a richness and history that is found in few other places on the planet. Yet with only 35 per cent of the Indian population using the Internet, OGL's mission to help digital communication through building resources for the world's languages is clearer than ever. We are very proud to be launching Tamil and Gujarati dictionaries as part of our global mission."

Here's what Sivaramakrishnan Venkateswaran said :

"We are excited at the launch of the Tamil and Gujarati online dictionaries following the launch of the Hindi online dictionary last year. The development of online dictionaries and lexicographical resources in various regional languages is testimony to OUP's longstanding commitment of growing its reach among learners across the region." He said, "The availability of curated and well-researched language content in digitised formats not just enables anytime access but also positively impacts learning and educational outcomes."

About Oxford University Press :

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. Their global academic publishing programme spans the entire academic and higher education spectrum, including a wide array of scholarly and general interest books, journals and online products.
Their authors range from classic thinkers to modern masters, including twentieth-century Nobel prize winners, and come from across the globe. Oxford University Press brings together leading scholars to address contemporary political issues.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/

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