Linguapax International Newsletter May 2021
n. 006
The Quote
When languages die, we lose more than just a parochial means of communication. We lose a shared way of thinking about the world, of acting, of storytelling, and our world's rich and diverse tapestry of life becomes unraveled bit by bit.

Inky Gibbens, 2020. Startups and Language Preservation. Video-lesson of the MOOC "Linguistic Diversity, What for?". Linguapax International - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - Coursera, 2021.
Featured News

2021 Linguapax International Award:
call for nominations

Language diversity by TobiasMik · CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Linguapax opened the call for nominations for the 2021 Linguapax International Award. It is a recognition of actions carried out in different fields in favour of the preservation of linguistic diversity, revitalization and reactivation of linguistic communities and the promotion of multilingualism. Its purpose is to identify, value and disseminate successful actions and good practices around the world that serve as a reference and example to all persons, entities and groups who wish to act for languages.
Nominations can be submitted until 6 July 2021.


UNESCO space

Regional Consultations for the Preparation of the Global Action Plan of the IDIL 2022-2032 for the Eastern Europe and Central Asia

As a part of the preparatory process for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-32, the UNESCO is arranging regional consultations for a constructive dialogue on Indigenous languages and related issues, to identify regional priorities and future regional activities for the drawing up and implementation of the Global Action Plan.
Linguapax wants to contribute to disseminating information about the IDIL 2022-2032. Therefore we publish a series of summaries of activities realized within this framework. The first one is the summary of the regional consultation for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, which took place from 15 to 16 March 2021.
Panigrahi, Subhashish. Murmu, R Ashwani Banjan. Baskey, Fagu. Murmu, Joy sagar. Wikiversity contributors. OpenSpeaks Multimedia Toolkit. [OER] Accessed Apr. 30, 2021

OpenSpeaks: Development of open resources for citizen multimedia archivists

OpenSpeaks, a toolkit for language documentation in multimedia, incorporated a new chapter on "Consent, Content Rights and Content Licensing", to help digital language activists seeking consent based on a contextual environment. It is available online in English and Santali.
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World Ahirani Conference

From 26 to 28 December 2020, people from all strata within and outside India, most of them Ahirani speakers and Khandeshi culture’s practitioners, joined a world Ahirani conference: the Vishwa Ahirani

Languages and Linguistics: Scientific Paradigms and Hidden Devotions

The article was published in the section "Linguistic and Cultural Notes" of the UNESCO Chair on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity - Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
Linguapax Network
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Maya Khemlani David

Sindhi language of the Sindhi Hindus: Work and influence of activists before and during the pandemic: Effects on language Use

Lecture by the Honorary Professor of the University of Malaysia and member of Linguapax Advisory Board, in the framework of the LUCL Language Policy Virtual Research Seminar - Universiteit Leiden.
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Justyna Olko and Julia Sallabank (eds).

Revitalizing Endangered Languages. A Practical Guide. Cambridge University Press, 2021.

This recently published practical guide presents positive revitalization experiences that emerge from the grassroots, which can inspire all those who work for the recovery of minority languages.
Contributors include several members of the Linguapax Advisory Board and International Delegations.
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Virginia Unamuno, Carolina Gandulfo and Hector Andreani (eds).

Hablar lenguas indígenas hoy. Nuevos usos, nuevas formas de transmisión. Experiencias Colaborativas en Corrientes, Chaco y Santiago del Estero. Editorial Biblos, 2020.

The book illustrates results from diferent researches. It has been presented virtually on 19 April, at the beginning of the Indigenous Peoples' Week.
The coordinator of Linguapax Latin America participated to the book's presentation.
> Languages of New York City. A free and interactive digital map of the world’s most linguistically diverse metropolitan area.
> Vers une réforme de la Loi sur les langues officielles du Canada
Pierre Foucher
> Gyani Maiya, documentary film in the Kusunda language produced by Subhashish Panigrahi
> Ostana Prise. Writing in Mother Languages. A festival of linguistic biodiversity
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