Linguapax International Newsletter October 2020
n. 003
The Quote
“Languages not only inspire loyalty, they also provoke fear, hatred, resentment, jealousy, love, euphoria - the whole range of human sensations.”

G. Pérez-Firmat (2003). Tongue Ties: Logo Eroticism in Anglo-Hispanic Literature. New York: Palgrave
Featured News

Ngugi wa Thiong’o awarded the Catalonia International Prize 2019

Courtesy Random House
Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Kenyan writer and activist Ngugi wa Thiong’o was awarded the 31st Catalonia International Prize for his “distinguished and courageous” literary work and for his defense of African languages.


The Asian delegation gives voice to Ryukyuan languages and cultures with a photo exhibition and an online seminar

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The Asian delegation of Linguapax has adapted the events planned throughout the second half of 2020 to the online format, and offers us a look at the Ryukyuan languages and culture, typical of the set of archipelagos in the south of Japan and threatened with extinction. Professor Sachiyo Fujita-Round presents the events that have been held at the International Christian University in Tokyo.

The Latin American delegation is committed to the production of online materials in indigenous languages

On the occasion of International Literacy Day, the Latin American delegation participated in the online seminar "The production of multimedia material in native languages in Mexico: an example of linguistic revitalisation". This report sets out the results of the meeting, in which the progress in the production of online teaching materials developed in and for speakers of indigenous Mexican languages was presented.

Ngugi Speaks for Us All

Mary Ann Newman offers us a biographical sketch of the recently awarded writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o, winner of the Catalonia International Prize.
Barcelona, 26 September 2020

Celebration of the European Day of Languages 2020

Linguapax International has participated in the celebration of the European Day of Languages 2020 by taking part in the Jewish Film Festival 2020, which took place at the Filmoteca de Catalunya. Professor Emili Boix tells us about the Yiddish and Ladino languages, typical of the Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewish communities, respectively.
> The International Year of Indigenous Languages: a call for linguistic diversity. Joan A. Argenter, UNESCO Chair on Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
> "Why is minority language translation important?" Blanca Busquets, Blog of the UOC's Studies in Art and Humanities
> Website of prof. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, with more than 300 articles on language policy issues, downloadable for free
> PanLex. Project to create a lexical database in more than 5,700 languages
> Survey Digital survival of on the least used languages in the digital environment. Study by the European Parliamentary Research Service on the occasion of the European Day of Languages
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