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LINGUIST List 22.3903

Thu Oct 06 2011

Media: Telugu Internet Conference held: discusses Unicode, fonts

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Message 1: Telugu Internet Conference held: discusses Unicode, fonts
Date: 06-Oct-2011
From: Brent Woo <bwoolinguistlist.org>
Subject: Telugu Internet Conference held: discusses Unicode, fonts
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The First International Telugu Internet Conference (2011) was held in Milpitas,
California on September 28-30. Telugu is the third-most spoken language in
India, spoken mainly in the state of Andhra Pradesh, but is lacking in
computer support. The Conference addressed concerns of encoding,
interoperability, and computational issues specific to the language.

The Hindu reports that the Minister for Information Technology and
Computers, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, put forth the initiative and funding for the
research and development of a complete Telugu font. It is still not fully
encoded in Unicode. The Andhra Pradesh State Government has become a
member of the Unicode Consortium, the first government entity to do so.

At a press conference, the Hyderabad Daily News reports that Lakshmaiah
has ambitious goals: “We are currently developing six Telugu fonts in unicode
that will be standardised for internet use. These fonts will be brought into
unicode by December this year.”

The Conference aimed to highlight specific areas of language technology that
are deficient in Telugu support: "language editors, spell checker, and text-to-
speech" because Telugu is an “agglutinating language with a very complex
morphology coupled with prolific sandhi (also known in linguistic terms as
morphophonemics)." says Prof. G. Uma Maheswara Rao of the Centre for
Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies, University of Hyderabad.

The official site for the Conference is here:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Writing Systems

Subject Language(s): Telugu (tel)

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