What is the Oxford Global Languages programme

Oxford Global Languages (OGL) is a major initiative from Oxford Dictionaries which aims to build lexical resources for 100 of the world’s languages and make them available online.

Thanks to OGL, large quantities of quality lexical information for a wide range of languages are now available in a single, linked repository for use by speakers, learners, and developers.

OGL aims to transform the experience of millions of people worldwide by making their language available in digital form – on websites, in apps, and via other tools.

OGL records how living languages, including their variants and dialects, are used today. The result is a vast data store of language data that is accessible, linked, and reusable.

OGL launched its first two language sites, isiZulu and Northern Sotho, in 2015, followed by Malay, Urdu, Setswana, Indonesian, Romanian, Latvian, Hindi, and Swahili. Many more will be added over the next few years. 

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Note: The foundation for the lexical data in this website was originally published by Oxford University Press Southern Africa Pty (Ltd) in 2007 as the Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary: Northern Sotho and English (editor-in-chief G-M de Schryver, chief compiler M Mogodi, linguist E Taljard) and is included here by agreement with OUPSA. © English text, Oxford University Press Southern Africa Pty (Ltd) 2007. © Northern Sotho text, TshwaneDJe HLT 2007. The dictionary won the 2009 SATI prize for outstanding translation in dictionaries.

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