Many of the world’s languages are at risk of disappearing because they do not have the tools to engage with the digital world. To protect these endangered linguistic communities, Oxford University Press has launched Oxford Global Languages—a new programme to develop lexical content for 100 digitally underrepresented languages. This case study features in our Annual Report 2015.
Oxford Global Languages will combine the linguistic knowledge of native speakers with OUP’s expertise to create, maintain, and publish language materials and resources. As a result, the programme will enable millions of speakers worldwide to access free high-quality language information and technology in their mother tongue for the first time.
Judy Pearsall, OUP’s Dictionaries Director, explains, ‘This programme aims to give communities around the world the power to develop resources for their language, which are then freely available for everyone to use—supporting valuable linguistic communities’.