Avoiding a Telugu-tubbies ref (out of respect for the 3rd largest language in India)

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2010/05/12 13:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2010/05/12/10011402.aspx


The Telugu Language Interface Pack for Windows 7 is now available!

It is available for 32-bit only, and English resources must be available for fallback.

There is some indication, for example from @SiddharthAtDell (who stated "We are not offering 32 bit OS anymore" on Twiitter), that Dell in India is no longer making the 32-bit OS available, which would tend to suggest some problems for the 32-bit only Indic LIPs. More on this as information is made available....

Once again produced by the Local Language Program, sponsored by Public Sector.

And now for a little background information on Telugu:

NUMBER OF SPEAKERS:  74 million speakers

NAME IN THE LANGUAGE ITSELF: తెలుగు 

Telugu is the one of India's national languages and the official language of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. That state was actually the first Indic state to be formed along linguistic borders. Today 84.86% of the state's population speak Telugu. It’s the third most spoken language in India.  Four main (and several minor) dialects exist, in all of which there is a marked difference between the spoken and the literary form. Still, the difference is not as big as in the beginning of the 20th century when spoken and literary Telugu had drifted apart so much that they seemed two different languages: the modernized literary language is closer to everyday speech today.

FUN FACTS:

CLASSIFICATION: Telugu is the biggest of the Dravidian languages. Therefore it is related to languages like Tamil, Kannada or Malayalam - but not at all to Hindi or Punjabi.

SCRIPT: Telugu has its own script which is quite similar in appearance to Kannada.

For more information on Telugu, click here.

Enjoy!


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