The Global Languages programme is part of OUP's mission to extend learning and education worldwide
New Delhi, Thursday, October 21, 2016: Oxford University Press (OUP) today announced the launch of the Hindi online dictionary, as part of the Oxford Global Languages (OGL) programme from Oxford Dictionaries. OGL is one of the most significant projects of OUP which aims to build dictionaries and lexicographical resources for around 100 of the world's languages and to make them available online.
Hindi is the 9th language to become part of the OGL programme, which has led to the development of a Hindi-Hindi online dictionary. The Hindi site will be supported by a Language Champion who will provide strategic advice and help grow awareness of the initiative. Dr Poonam Nigam Sahay, Associate Professor at Ranchi University, is the Hindi Language Champion.
Speaking about the Hindi Online Dictionary, Sivaramakrishnan V, Managing Director - Oxford University Press India said "The development of a dictionary website for Hindi will help increase awareness and access for the language, not just in India but everywhere else where learners and speakers of Hindi exist. He added "a digital platform for languages not just provides vast storage of language data that is accessible anytime, but also helps in the development of the language."
The OGL programme's major objective is to transform the experience of millions of people worldwide, by making web based digital content available in their own language. The initiative will not only strengthen the community involvement in preserving the language, but also arm the language users with modern day tools for overall communication enhancement. The web-based versions are an essential digital resource that are easily accessible to language users.
Speaking on the inclusion of Hindi in the Oxford Global Languages programme, Dr Poonam Nigam Sahay, OGL Hindi Language Champion and Associate Professor at Ranchi University said "Including Hindi in the [OGL] repertoire would undoubtedly enrich the language and lend a solid support to its fast and phenomenal development." she explained.
The OGL programme effectively combines OUP's tradition of digital innovation with the wide reach and scale of OUP's global dictionaries programme and plays a significant role in shaping the future development and consumption of content across various global languages.
What is Oxford Global Languages?
Oxford Global Languages (OGL) is an initiative from Oxford Dictionaries which aims to build lexical resources for 100 of the world's languages and make them available online. Thanks to OGL, large quantities of quality lexical information for a wide range of languages are now available in a single, linked repository for use by speakers, learners, and developers.
OGL aims to transform the experience of millions of people worldwide by making their language available in digital form - on websites, in apps, and via other tools. OGL records how living languages, including their variants and dialects, are used today. The result is a vast data store of language data that is accessible, linked, and reusable.
OGL launched its first two language sites, isiZulu and Northern Sotho, in 2015, followed by Malay, Urdu, Setswana, Indonesian, Romanian, Latvian, Hindi, and Swahili. Many more will be added over the next few years.
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