Telugu has joined a growing number of languages from around the globe as part of Oxford Dictionaries’ global languages initiative. ‘We are excited to have Telugu as the latest addition to Oxford Global Languages, an initiative that seeks to raise the profile of languages around the globe and make dictionaries and other resources available online to all. Telugu is the fourth most populous language in India, spoken widely in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as well as elsewhere’, explained Judy Pearsall, Director for Oxford Dictionaries.
This new Telugu-English dictionary, which is one of the first to focus on modern spoken and written Telugu as well as the traditional classical language, ensures that the vitality of the language in everyday use is celebrated and made accessible to all.
With this initiative, OUP has brought into focus five major Indian regional languages (including Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Tamil and now, Telugu) at a global platform. The concept of living dictionaries is the need of the hour for the preservation of our languages and literature.