The Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced the launch of a Hindi online dictionary as part of the Oxford Global Languages (OGL) programme from Oxford Dictionaries. Hindi is the ninth language to become part of the OGL programme, which has led to the development of a Hindi to 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.
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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.
“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.”
OGL is one of the prominent projects of OUP which aims to build dictionaries and lexicographical resources for around 100 world languages and to make them available online.
The OGL programme’s main objective is to transform the experience of millions of people worldwide by making web based digital content available in their own language. The initiative aims to 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 essential digital resources that are easily accessible to language users.
Speaking on the inclusion of Hindi in the programme, Sahay, 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.
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