STAFF REPORT KHI: The Oxford University Press (OUP) has launched online Urdu dictionary. An official of OUP Pakistan,

Zehra Nasim Haque has said.

She pointed out that Urdu has become the fourth language to be available in an Oxford living dictionary as part of Oxford

Dictionaries global languages initiative.

The OGL is a new initiative from Oxford Dictionaries or Oxford University Press which was launched in September 2015.

Aiming to build dictionaries and lexicographical resources for around 100 of the worlds languages and to make them

available online, or digitally, the projects objective is to increase access to availability of language content globally.

The Oxford Global Languages has a special focus on those languages which we know are widely spoken but are digitally

under-represented, explained Judy Pearsall, Director for Oxford Dictionaries.

“We recognise that the internet is dominated by English and other major global languages. We are at a critical time of how

the internet is influencing language and its impact on its diversity. Oxford Global Languages will ensure that many

undeserved languages gain a vital digital foothold,” says an OUP statement.

It said that a key feature of Oxford Global Languages is community involvement, with users being able to submit words and

influence the future content of individual dictionary sites.

Ashfaque Ahmad is the Urdu language champion for Oxford Global Languages. The Urdu living dictionary will help to both

reach the digitally active Urdu community and grow the potential digital Urdu Community.