Language Crisis in the Ryukyus

Editors: Mark Anderson, Patrick Heinrich Long denigrated as dialects of Japanese, the Ryukyuan languages are today recognized as languages in their own right. However, speakers of Ryukyuan languages have suffered from stigmatization, oppressive language policies and domination from outside the Ryukyu Archipelago. As a result, the Ryukyuan languages are now severely endangered. This volume depicts, roughly in chronological order, aspects which have led to the language crisis in the Ryukyus…

Pour et contre des modèles de pluriculturalisme et plurilinguisme officiels / For and Against Models of Official Multiculturalism and Multilingualism

Pour et contre des modèles de pluriculturalisme et plurilinguisme officiels / For and Against Models of Official Multiculturalism and Multilingualism Université McGill, les 5, 6, 7 mai 2016 Appel à communications / Call for Papers (deadline: 1 May 2015) Conférenciers invités / Invited Speakers François Gin, Université de Genève, Suisse Reine Meylaerts, K. U. Leuven, Belgique Vanamala Viswanatha, Azim Premji University, Inde Le colloque international et interdisciplinaire « Pour et contre…

Bolivian Linguist Xavier Albó Winner of the International Linguapax Award 2015

Linguapax announces the winner of the 2015 Linguapax International Award as part of the ceremony organized by UNESCO to mark the 15th International Mother Language Day. The jury assesses the merits of Xavier Albó, one of the longest-serving experts in linguistics and anthropology, who has been actively working with indigenous communities in Bolivia. Since 1999, February 21 is celebrated worldwide as the International Mother Language Day, with the aim of…

10th International Symposium on Bilingualism Rutgers University, New Jersey 20-24 May, 2015

The theme of the 10th ISB is “uncovering multilingualism“. New Brunswick, New Jersey is home to a large number of multilingual speakers who speak a variety of native languages of the Americas in addition to Spanish and English. Walking down the streets of the immigrant neighborhoods in the city, one can catch a glimpse of languages from Mexico and Central America that are only used among close networks of speakers.…

Inclusion in and through Education: Language Counts

  The theme for the 15th International Mother Language Day, commemorated by UNESCO every February 21st  to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism, is “Inclusion in and through education: language counts“, focussing on one of the main challenges that cut accross many of the goals of the UN Education for All project. A roundtable will be held a UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on February 20th from 10.00 am to…

Mother Language Day in Wilamowice, Poland

Wilamowice’s Neighbours Association, its School Complex, and City Council unite with the Universities of Warsow and Poznan to commemorate their first International Mother Language Day next February 21st. The event is aimed to raise awareness on the need to preserve Wymysorys, the local language, and its associated cultural heritage. It will include cultural performances and roundtable discussions. Wymysorys is the smallest language in the West Germanic family, with only 31…