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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
James Nye (Project Director: July 2013 to present)

Digital Dictionaries of South Asia: Scholarly Resources for the Advanced Study of the Subcontinent

The completion of monolingual dictionaries for inclusion in the Digital Dictionaries of South Asia project for the following eight languages: Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Panjabi, Prakrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, and Telugu. In addition, access tools for these resources would be developed, including improved search and display capacities for the online interface, new analytical tools, complete content delivery and access for mobile devices, and the addition of audio pronunciation examples for two of the languages.

The University of Chicago proposes a two-year project to convert and disseminate monolingual and etymological dictionaries as electronic resources. This will extend the coverage of the Digital Dictionaries of South Asia (DDSA) and support humanities research and advanced language learning in Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Panjabi, Prakrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, and Telugu. Additionally, the dictionaries currently available from DDSA will be enhanced through improved facilities for searching and displaying data, content delivery to mobile devices, and other improvements. This project addresses the significant lack of authoritative on-line lexical resources for several major South Asian languages. The scholarly importance of these dictionaries ensures their wide usage by both academicians and the general public.

Project fields:
Asian Languages

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 4/30/2018