Tri-lingual Kashmiri dictionary launched

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Srinagar, Sep 8 (ANI): Kashmir University launches first trilingual English-Kashmiri-Hindi online dictionary, containing over 12,000 words, to promote Kashmiri language.

Christened as 'Kashmiri Zaban.com, the dictionary has been compiled by university's department of linguistics making use of three scripts, Roman for English, Devanagri for Hindi and Modified Persio-Arabic for Kashmiri.

"The need for this trilingual dictionary was felt for sometime and now I hope it will fulfil the requirements," said, Riyaz Rufaye, chief librarian Kashmir University.

Students and scholars call the move commendable and said it would benefit not only students in Kashmir but also the outsiders who want to learn the Kashmiri language.

"Not only the Kashmiri students but foreigners studying here or our students studying outside can access Kashmiri language through the website," said Sahil Showkat, a student.

"I think the biggest beneficiaries will be scholars who had to earlier buy costly books to look for the meaning for Kashmiri words now they can simply put the word in the website and get entire detail about it," Muzaffar Bhat, another student added.

This is for the first time that any website has been launched for the promotion of the Kashmiri language and the Kashmiri culture. By Parvez butt (ANI)

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