The Albanian-Serbian-Albanian online dictionary promoted
26 september 2019
The Albanian-Serbian-Albanian online dictionary was promoted today at the premises of the National Library "Pjetër Bogdani" in Prishtina. This project was supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNMIK, in close cooperation with the Office of the Language Commissioner.
Language Commissioner Slavisa Mladenovic emphasized that language has been identified as one of the main barriers to interaction and inclusion of different ethnic communities living in Kosovo. Moreover, the Albanian-Serbian-Albanian dictionary provides easier access for those who wish to learn each other's language, Mr Mladenovic said.
A research conducted in 2018 by the Centre for Social Initiatives in Kosovo provides the general state of social relations by the larger ethnic communities through the language and communication point of view. The research highlights young people's interest in language learning and, as a result of this, in collaboration with the OLC, the online platform www.voc-up.com for learning Albanian and Serbian has been created. Subsequently, an essential language learning unit is also this online dictionary compiled by experts from Prishtina and Belgrade, with the assistance of IOM, UNMIK and the British Embassy in Kosovo.
The opening was attended by His Excellency Nicholas Abbott, British Embassy in Prishtina, Zahir Tahin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo, and authors of the dictionary, Ms Ana Sivacki, Ms Merima Krijezi, Mr Qemal Murati and Mr Hysen Matoshi. The first phase of the online dictionary covers 20,000 words, and by 2021 it is expected to have 50,000 to 60,000 words in both directions.
We recall that the last Serbo-Croatian-English dictionary was compiled in 1974, while the Albanian-Serbo-Croatian dictionary was compiled in 1984.
Office of the Language Commissioner was established in April 2012 under auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister, pursuant to Regulation br.07/2012. The Office is mandated to oversee the implementation of the law on languages, works with institutions to improve the implementation of the law and promote and protect the right on the use of the language of all communities in Kosovo.