Linguapax Review 2016

New technologies have become an increasingly important domain for the promotion of threatened languages ​​around the world. For this reason, this fourth issue of the Linguapax Review  addresses the potential of new technologies and social networks for linguistic documentation and revitalisation and their limits. Digital communication deserves closer inspection, not only for its central role in contemporary communication, but also for its rapid evolution, continuous innovation, and extension, which can…

Matthias Brenzinger, winner of the International Linguapax Award 2017

On the occasion of the International Mother Language Day 2017, oriented “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education”, Linguapax proclaims the winner of the Linguapax International Award. A linguist of German origin, expert in African languages, pioneer in the study of endangered languages and linguistic revitalisation who stands out both for his theoretical contributions and his commitment to the field. He is an activist and promotes the training of linguists among…

Languages and the creation of worlds

Conference On February 20th, at 6:30 pm Verdaguer Hall, Ateneu Barcelonés (c/ Canuda, 6 – 08002 Barcelona)   With Alícia Fuentes-Calle, Ph. D. in Linguistics (UB) and Linguapax Director of Programmes. Introduced by : Àlex Cosials, head of the Language and Litterature section of the Ateneu Barcelonés. On the occasion of the commemoration of the International Mother Language Day, this session will focus on the way languages can be used…

Seminar “Rapping… Relocating the creative power of languages”

The Linguapax delegate for Europe based in Newcastle (UK), Josep Cru, as a partner of the European project CRIC on “Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal” at a conference held in Playa Ancha University in Chile. Here is a reproduction of the article posted by UPLA on their website: New in Mapudungun Music as a vehicle for revitalising ancestral languages “Listen to our conversation. We all say do not be…

30 Years Ago…

 From 26 to 30 January 1987, UNESCO held an international conference at the University of Kiev on “teaching foreign languages for peace and understanding.” Miquel Siguan, who was participating as Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences at the University of Barcelona, was called upon to chair this expert consultation and to draw up final conclusions and recommendations which he would entitle Linguapax – Kiev Declaration. The UNESCO secretariat would…

Presentation of the Protocole to Ensure Language Rights

The fficial presentation of the Protocol on the guarantee of language rights took place this Saturday 17th of December in Donostia,  during a very moving ceremony which welcomed the promoters of the document, including Linguapax, as well as a large number of European organizations dedicated to the promotion of minority languages in Europe and an important representation of the Basque civil society, all gathered at the Palais Kursaal as the…

Linguistic diversity, new cultural forms and emerging rights

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION Barcelona, 25 November 2016, 16h-17:30h. At Escola d’Administració Pública de Catalunya, Carrer Girona, 20. As a part of Barcelona City Council’s Framework of Citizens’ Rights, Linguapax will follow the symposium, The Status of Languages, Does Official Recognition Matter?, with a roundtable discussion: Linguistic diversity, new cultural forms and emerging rights. The session will reflect on emerging human rights in the contemporary environment of intense diversity: Cultural diversity and,…

Linguapax Award Ceremony in Edmonton, part 2

Last Thursday, October 20, the president of Linguapax  Monica Pereña, delivered the International Linguapax Award 2016 awarded ex aequo to the International and Heritage Languages Associations (IHLA) based in Edmonton (Canada) during a moving and elegant ceremony involving all member schools of the Association. In addition to the speech of the President of IHLA, Antonella Cortese, Dr. Trudy Aberdeen made a historical journey through the achievements of the Association. Then…

Linguapax Award Ceremony in Edmonton, Canada, (Part 1)

On October 14, the president of Linguapax International, Mònica Pereña, flew to Edmonton, Canada, to begin a tour of schools and institutions collaborating with the International and Heritage Languages Association, winner of the International Linguapax Award 2016 for its promotion of language learning in a multicultural environment. The Linguapax delegate for North America, Olenka Bilash, and the president of the IHLA, Antonella Cortese, organized an intensive program of visits to…

International conference on the status of languages

“The status of languages – Does official recognition matter?” is the title of the international conference organised by Linguapax, on Novembre 24 and 25, in cooperation with the Catalan Public Administration School and with the support of the Catalan Department of Culture.  This conference aims to open the debate on the contribution of the legal framework and resulting language policies to the protection of local languages, in the light of the analysis of…