About one-third of the world’s languages are spoken in the Pacific area.

Linguapax is present in the Pacific in order to safeguard the linguistic diversity of this region which is part of our world cultural heritage. Linguapax Pacific works for a greater presence of all languages of the area in their various domains of use. It also collaborates to the preservation of the cultural identity of linguistic communities. Linguapax is raising awareness among indigenous groups on the necessity to safeguard and use their native languages and urges communities to take initiative for their protection.

Many languages of the area are on the verge of extinction because they have few speakers, no writing system or teaching materials and pressure from colonial powers’ languages.

In New Caledonia, where Linguapax has its siege, four indigenous languages are taught in school. The Kanak Languages Academy, created in 2007, is in charge of promoting and revitalizing the 28 kanak languages.

Since its creation in 2006, the Linguapax Pacific delegation works closely with the culture department of New Caledonia government. It helped the signature of a cooperation agreement between Linguapax, the Kanak Languages Academy, the Catalan Studies Institute and the UNESCO chair on Languages and Education. It is currently preparing an agreement on standardization of three languages pertaining to the Djubea-Kapone customary area.

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Contact

Lluís Bernabé
Noumea, New Caledonia

Margaret Florey
Australia

pacific@linguapax.org

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