From Hip Hop to WhatsApp

Josep Cru (Linguapax Europe at Newcastle University ) participated on March 31 in the workshop ‘From Hip Hop to WhatsApp’, organised in Paris by Karla Aviles (Labex EFL, Paris 7) and Valentina Vapnarksy (EREA/LESC, CNRS). The meeting explored how indigenous peoples of Latin America adapt to new technologies, such as social media, and music genres, for example Hip Hop, to express their own voices in Amerindian languages and in multilingual…

Renewal of Linguapax Executive Board

We are pleased to announce that the last Assembly of Linguapax International has elected Mònica Pereña, an expert in multilingualism and education, as the President of the Executive Board. We also welcome Mercè Solé, specialist in language planning, as the new Secretary and Eva Pons, expert in language law, as the Treasurer. The outgoing president, Carme Arenas will remain part of the board, together with Maria Areny, Emili Boix and…

International Linguapax Award 2016 acknowledges two complementary visions of Language diversity

Two associations advocating for aboriginal languages in the Norther Territory of Australia and and for heritage languages in Canada co-winners of the prize: Yambirrpa School Council/Djarrma Action Group of the Yolngu community of Yirrkala in the Northern Territory of Australia, and the International and Heritage Languages Association from Canada. Since 2002, Linguapax commemorates the International Mother Language Day, proclaimed by UNESCO to highlight the importance of linguistic diversity, announcing the…

Maya David at the International Conference on Language Policy in Multicultural and Multilingual Settings

For the first time ever, Myanmar held an International Conference on Language Policy in Multicultural and Multilingual Settings, hosted by the University of Mandalay from 8 – 11 February. Organized by the Ministry of Education, the event is part of a Language, Education and Social Cohesion (LESC) initiative, supported by UNICEF in partnership with the University of Melbourne. More than 300 participants from academia, education and language sectors shared their…

Brazil: Condemning the presidential veto of Bill C 5954-2013 on indigenous education

On December 29, 2015, the Civil Office of the President of the Republic of Brazil sent the Brazilian Senate message number 600, entirely vetoing the Proposed Bill n.5954, 2013 (No. 186 of 2008 in the Senate), which had been previously approved by the National Congress, after hearing the Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Administration (MPOG). The Bill was considered contrary to public interest. Based…

Third issue of the Linguax Review on the role of youth in language revitalisation

This review offers a number of worldwide case studies that focus on language attitudes and the ways in which youngsters and young adults are undertaking language revitalisation projects in three continents: Europe, Africa and Latin America. While formal education has historically been a key area for the revitalisation of subordinated languages, less research has been devoted to grassroots initiatives that have speakers as agents of policy making. Social media, music,…

Now available online “The Management of Linguistic Diversity and Peace Processes”

This book aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of the relationship between linguistic diversity management, conflict prevention and peace processes, thereby enriching a line of research that remains relatively unexplored in the social sciences. The authors cast light on the need to put the issue of linguistic diversity at the core of discussions of contemporary science and government policies concerning minority communities specially through the implementation of linguistic rights.…

Linguapax Asia workshop at the 41st Annual JALT International Conference

The annual meeting of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) was held in Shizuoka from November 20 to 23, inviting its 3.000 members to “Focus on the learner”. Linguapax Asia seized this opportunity to conduct successful mini-workshops on language diversity in which participants were asked to complete a quiz on linguistic diversity and discuss the answers with the Linguapax Asia representatives. The purpose of the workshops was to raise…

Noemí Quezada Award 2015 to the best master’s thesis on Otopamean peoples

Itzel Vargas Garcia, a current collaborator of Linguapax Latin America has been awarded the 2015 “Noemi Quezada” called by the Organizing Committee of the International Colloquium on Otopamean for her work “ups and downs in the linguistic revitalization of hñähñú in the Mezquital Valley.” This thesis submitted for the Master’s in Anthropology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico was conducted in collaboration with representatives of four indigenous Otomi communities, in…

A symphony for China’s dying language of Nu Shu

The Chinese language of Nu Shu was created by women for women in Hunan in the 13th Century, and now it is being showcased in a new multimedia symphony. It is one of China’s disappearing languages and has a long tradition of singing. US-based Chinese composer Tan Dun travelled to the remote area of Jiangyong county over a 12-year period, to collect the stories and songs passed down over generations.…