Oxford Urdu-English Dictionary
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Oxford Urdu-English Dictionary

Urdu is an Indo-Aryan language which has the twentieth largest world population of speakers, with 130 million speaking it as a native language and 270 million in total. It is the national language of Pakistan and is one of the 23 official languages of India. It has official language status in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh, and the national capital, Delhi; where it is spoken, learned, and regarded as a language of prestige. It is used in education, literature, office and court business, media, and in religious institutions. Urdu draws much vocabulary from Persian and Arabic.

This dictionary provides extensive coverage of Urdu words, phrases, idioms including scientific and technical terms. Also included are words that have been part of the vocabulary used by poets, literati, and the common man over the last two hundred years. It is a comprehensive all-inclusive dictionary covering the classic and modern language originating from all citadels like Delhi, Lucknow, and Lahore. Includes 85,000 entries with meanings, definitions, explanations, parts of speech, etymology, and sub-entries (words, inflexions, phrase, proverbs, and compounds) in a user-friendly style.

Presents the pronunciation of Urdu words in IPA (International Phonetics Alphabet) for the first time in the history of Urdu lexicography. IPA is an internationally recognized and approved system of phonetic notation. It was devised by the International Phonetic Association as a standardized representation of almost all the sounds and letters of spoken languages of the world. It gives more clear and exact pronunciation then conventional system of symbols, coding, and Romanization. It provides extra help for foreign language learning.


Publication date: 2013.

ISBN: URN:ISBN:9780195979947

OPAC reference: KOHA-OAI-BCP:11209

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