Oxford Introduces First-Ever Hindi Word of the Year
Oxford Dictionaries will have a Hindi word of the year for 2017.
The Hindi word of the year will be a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest this year. The chosen word should reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the year. It may not necessarily be a new word, but should be one strongly linked to 2017.
This word of the year will be announced in January 2018.
Oxford Dictionaries has called on Hindi speakers across the country to help choose the word. Submissions need to be made before 29 November.
Following suggestions by the public, the word will be chosen by the Hindi Dictionaries team at Oxford University Press (OUP) along with an advisory panel of language experts.
The panel includes writer-publisher Namita Gokhle, Indian language expert Kritika Agrawal, journalist Saurabh Dwivedi, senior editorial manager at OUP India Malika Ghosh, and Ranchi University associate professor Poonam Nigam Sahay.
"It is the campaign’s endeavour to alter perceptions about languages being a living intangible heritage and not merely a static tool of communication. I am delighted to be a part of, and to promote, a wonderful initiative as this," she said.
Oxford says it has been creating dictionaries for over 150 years and its dictionary editors in India and around the world have developed expertise in monitoring how language is used by real people.
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