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Sindhi Online


The overall goal of this project is to develop an online course in Sindhi at the beginning level using materials I created for a classroom-based intensive Sindhi course I co-taught at the University of Illinois in the summer of 2000. The course is designed to be used free of charge as a self-study course for anyone with Internet access. In the work proposed here, I will build on the course web-design and prototype lesson developed during Summer 2002, adding the text content for three complete lessons, with supporting audio and visual image files. The lessons will be implemented as interactive webpages using Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash web authoring tools. Each lesson will include a grammar overview, dialogue or narrative, tutorial, and quiz components. Sindhi words, phrases and sentences will be presented in text format (Sindhi Arabic and parallel roman transcription) with audio links. Other components to be developed are Cultural Notes, a Word List and Glossary. The present goal is to have a portion of the first-year Sindhi course fully implemented in web format, with audio and image components, to serve as a demonstration for a future proposal seeking funds for an assistant to complete the project. The complete first-year course, comparable to a university first-year foreign language course, will comprise approximately 30 lessons, out of which 15 were taught in the 2000 Intensive Sindhi course.

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Sindhi Digital Dictionary


The Sindhi English Dictionary project was supervised by Dr. Sarmad Hussain, who heads the Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing (CRULP; www.crulp.org) at National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore Pakistan. The project was developed in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Cole at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and funded by South Asian Language Resource Center (SALRC) at University of Chicago. CRULP was established in July 2001 specifically to address the local language support for Urdu and other Pakistani languages. The center has worked extensively on Urdu linguistics, standardization for computing, and modeling of script, speech and language. Research is being conducted in all aspects of Urdu, including acoustic phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, grammar and semantics.

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Resources for the Study of Pashto Literature


This provides materials from (a) the pivotal modern poet, Amir Hamza Shinwari; (b) narrative folk poetry and its sung form; (c) Malang Jan, a popular mid-20th century Afghan poet now beginning to enjoy high culture status; (d) current and past orthographic practices in Afghanistan and Pakistan; (e) historical narrative poetry collected orally in the late 19th century.

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