Steve Andrianoff, a retired professor of computer science living in New York state, is working with Sarita, a Hindi linguist living in Pune, India, on the Hindi Project using TBTA. Steve and Sarita meet a couple of times each week on Zoom to work on the Hindi lexicon and grammar.
Hindi is an Indo-Aryan language and an official language of India along with English. Hindi is the primary language for more than 525 million people in India and is spoken by 57% of the population. Although there are already several Hindi translations of the Bible, there are many languages related to Hindi that don't yet have any part of the Bible. For example, there are 48 officially recognized dialects of Hindi. We have had recent contact with believers from one of those language groups, and they want the Bible in their language. They'll be ready to start a Bible translation project in a couple of years. So after the Hindi lexicon and grammar are well developed, we're planning to adapt this project to accommodate that related language. After we're able to use TBTA to generate a Hindi draft of scripture, it should be relatively easy to modify the grammar to accommodate many of the closely related languages. We believe this project has potential for providing translations in many Hindi-related languages.
The map below shows the major languages in India. India has 780 indigenous languages, which is more than any other country in the world except Papua New Guinea, which has 839 languages.