World language diversity: old and new frontiers, emerging scenarios

This year’s issue of the Linguapax Review includes the papers presented within the framework of the “Linguapax 30 years” conference held last November. This commemoration offered an opportunity to reflect on the outcome of more than two decades of awareness-raising on the value of linguistic diversity; and what future we can expect from current trends in the treatment of linguistic diversity.

The written version of the papers is now available in a bilingual pdf version:  LinguapaxReview2017_web

And here are the videos of the debates (English sound):

  • Part 1: Official opening with words of Mònica Pereña, president of Linguapax. Celebrating 30 years of Linguapax with Fèlix Martí, cofounder of Linguapax, Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, of the Knowledge Societies Division of UNESCO, and with an address by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland, goodwill ambassador for the languages ​​of UNESCO, honorary president of the Linguapax Advisory Board, introducing the Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding. Introduction to the debates by Alícia Fuentes Calle, director of Linguapax

  • Part 2: Two main approaches to world linguistic diversity. Current state of affairs and prospective. Session chaired by Emili Boix, professor of sociolinguistics at the Department of Catalan Philology and General Linguistics, Universitat de Barcelona, Member of the Linguapax board.With talks by Peter Austin. Department of Linguistics, SOAS, University of London, on Engaging revitalisation: academia and beyond, and by Nicholas Ostler, Scholar, author, chair of the Foundation for Endangered Languages, on Linguae francae vis-à-vis contemporary geocultural contexts and communication environments.

  • Part 3: Presentation on Human Linguistics by Sinfree Makoni, Pennsylvania State University. Session chaired by Miquel Strubell, sociolinguist, member of the Linguapax board, chair of the Fundació Congrés de Cultura Catalana.

  • Part 4: Round-table discussion on Emerging scenarios in human communication: What new forms and representations  of language? With Kamran Khan. Universitat de Lleida, The responsibilisation of citizenship: monolingual tests and multilingual citizens; Eddie Avila. Rising Voices (Global Voices). Language and knowledge diversity in the digital media: How indigenous digital activists are leveraging the internet to revitalize their native languages; and Susan C. Herring. School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Bloomington. Emergent forms related to digital, computer- mediated communication.