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 <>
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 inIndia, spoken mainly in the state of Andhra Pradesh, but is lacking incomputer support. The Conference addressed concerns of encoding,interoperability, and computational issues specific to the language.

The Hindu reports that the Minister for Information Technology andComputers, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, put forth the initiative and funding for theresearch and development of a complete Telugu font. It is still not fullyencoded in Unicode. The Andhra Pradesh State Government has become amember of the Unicode Consortium, the first government entity to do so.<>

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

The Conference aimed to highlight specific areas of language technology thatare deficient in Telugu support: "language editors, spell checker, and text-to-speech" because Telugu is an “agglutinating language with a very complexmorphology coupled with prolific sandhi (also known in linguistic terms asmorphophonemics)." says Prof. G. Uma Maheswara Rao of the Centre forApplied 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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