London, August 11: As a part of its special focus on Indian languages, Oxford University Press has launched online dictionaries in Tamil and Gujarati. This follows the roll out of Hindi version last year.
“OGL is a bold initiative from Oxford University Press for a modern challenge and a huge opportunity,” Judy Pearsall, Director for Oxford Dictionaries, 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” Pearsall said.
“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,” she 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,” Sivaramakrishnan Venkateswaran, Managing Director of Oxford University Press India, added.
Interestingly, 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.