After Hindi, Tamil and Gujarati are two new Indian languages to join Oxford Dictionaries’ global languages initiative. In a bid to give special focus and attention to the Indian languages, Oxford University Press has published its online dictionary in Tamil and Gujarati languages. After being launched in an official event yesterday, Tamil and Gujarati have become the second and third Indian languages, after Hindi to be a part of global languages initiative, taken up by Oxford Dictionaries.
In September 2015, the England-based Oxford University initiated its international Oxford Global Languages (OGL) initiative and the primary aim of bringing this inventiveness was to develop and publish dictionaries and lexicographical resources in 100 foreign languages and published them online. The project’s core objective is to renovate the experience of millions of readers globally by producing content in their local language in digital formats – through applications, on websites, and in many different digital tools and services.
This is a first-of-its-kind effort of the University to make large amounts of high-quality lexical information in a range of international languages available to reader globally. Through this program, Oxford University has been publishing the systematically and digitally developed, composed, and printed words, in a single linked storeroom, to learners, speakers, and developers globally.
With a special focus on Indian languages, last year, Oxford University Press launched its online dictionary edition in the Hindi Language, and the addition of two more Indian tongues in the University’s global imitative has given the Indian languages an entirely new identity.
According to Sivaramakrishnan Venkateswaran, the Managing Director of Oxford University Press India,
The accessibility of organized and well-researched language contents in digitized layouts will not only allows readers and learners to access the dictionary anytime and anywhere but also will positively impact on the learning and educational outcomes globally.
Since now, digital communication all through the world is dominated by English and some the other main international languages such as Chinese and Spanish. But this is the one-of-its-kind initiative where Indian languages are being given preferences. After these three Indian tongues, now, Oxford Dictionaries is planning launched its online dictionary in more regional versions in the coming days.