Monday, January 25, 2010
Strange - according to this article the first Turkish - Urdu dictionary has just been released, after four years of work. One would have thought that a dictionary of that type (two languages of quite large size and close geographic proximity) would have already existed, but the article says otherwise. A quick search turns up a Sanskrit - Turkish dictionary and there certainly must be a few Hindi - Turkish dictionaries out there as well.
The rest of the article is just about how the dictionary will help relations between Turkey and Pakistan, and apparently the presidents of both countries will be presented with one and have made a statement commemorating the occasion as well. The person who compiled the dictionary was Dr. Furkan Hamit, who was born in Pakistan in 1961 and first graduated in Turkish language and literature in 1982.