The declining power of Babel

From: TheHindu.com MUMBAI, June 29, 2016 This articles refers to Ganesh Devy and Anvita Abbi, both members of the Linguapax Advisory Board It is a desperate race to record languages that are going extinct in India Nearly 300 languages have gone extinct in the country since the time of independence. Close to 800 languages and dialects exist across India, according to the People’s Linguistic Survey of India, an independent study conducted…

Llengües i xarxes

Opinió Contundent del Grup d’Estudi de Llengües Amenaçades (GELA) a Vilaweb “No és infreqüent de trobar paròdies sobre la cooperació al desenvolupament. Tant des del punt de vista del bàndol dels ajudadors (aquella expressió ja antiga de ‘salvar balenes’, no exempta de certa indolència i cinisme), com des de la banda dels ajudables. En aquest segon cas el fil conductor sol ser fer palès l’essencialisme benintencionat del benefactor, pagar-li (en…

Language and Conflict: Politics of Language and Identity across Contexts

Reminder 20 May, 2016 – SOAS Department of Linguistics This one day workshop brings together scholars and graduate students working on the role of language in on-going and post-conflict contexts.  Examples could include (but are not limited to) the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, and Western Europe, including diaspora and migration contexts. Keynote speakers:   Prof. Hilary Footitt (University of Reading); Dr Zoë Marriage (Violence, Peace and Development Research Cluster,…

Language Symposium Discusses Sustainable Development Goals‏

From Humphrey Tonkin, New York Language and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was the topic of a symposium held at the Church Center for the United Nations, in New York, on April 21 and 22, 2016.  Over one hundred academics, diplomats, NGO representatives and UN officials attended the gathering, which examined the linguistic implications of the SDGs, set by the United Nations General Assembly as the basis for the UN’s…

Symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals

Suzanne Romaine will be the keynote speaker at the Symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals taking place in New York on April 21 and 22.  The symposium, to be held at 777 UN Plaza, New York, will bring together speakers from nine countries, and the UN to discuss the linguistic implications of the SDGs.  The SDGs will form the basis of the United Nations’ development agenda for the…

Hitzargiak – Des langues qui s’illuminent mutuellement

Avec Hitzargiak, nous voulons connaître les pratiques correctes, intéressantes, efficaces, exemplaires et inspiratrices pour revitaliser les langues européennes ! La principale caractéristique de l’Europe est sa diversité linguistique ; nous sommes une multitude de communautés bien décidées à encourager, rénover et renforcer leur langue et à mettre en marche des bonnes pratiques pour y parvenir. Nous voulons construire un réseau entre toutes ces langues et nous connaître, nous aider, tisser…

Language and Conflict: Politics of Language and Identity across Contexts

Workshop on Language and Conflict: Politics of Language and Identity across Contexts organised by SOAS next May 6th 2016 Call for papers deadline: March 25th This one day workshop brings together scholars and graduate students working on the role of language in on-going and post-conflict contexts. Examples could include (but are not limited to) the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, and Western Europe, including diaspora and migration contexts. The workshop…

Sorosoro – Pour que vivent les langues du monde!

La Journée Internationale des Langues est une bonne occasion pour donner des nouvelles de Sorosoro, un programme de documentation, de sauvegarde et de promotion des langues en danger à travers le monde, qui renaît ces jours-ci de ses cendres…   Créé en 2008, le programme avait été mis en sommeil début 2012, à cause d’un manque de financements. Grâce au soutien du LabEx ASLAN (université de Lyon 2), et à l’association…

IMLD 2016: The Importance of Appropriate Languages of Instruction

International Mother Language Day 2016 When, local time: Monday, 22 February 2016 – 10:00am to 1:00pm Type of Event: Seminar and Workshop Contact: n.andriamiseza@unesco.org   UNESCO reiterates its position on the importance of appropriate languages of instruction, usually mother tongues, in early years of schooling: formal and non-formal education must deliver quality education for all learners by taking a multilingual approach, which has great potential for achieving development goal 4…

UNICEF EAPRO “Language, Education and Social Cohesion Initiative Reports are available

The UNICEF EAPRO with Prof. Joseph Lo Bianco of the University of Melbourne has implemented the Language, Education and Social Cohesion (LESC) Initiative in Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. The  LESC Initiative was a component of UNICEF’s Learning for Peace, Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy (PBEA) Programme, a four-year global initiative (2012–2015/16), funded by the Government of the Netherlands and designed to strengthen resilience, social cohesion and human security, to encourage practical…