Linguapax International Newsletter July 2021
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The Quote
"[There are] two ways of connection between language, and particularly language policy, and conflict [...]: fast-acting effects, which we might summarize as being related to hate-speech and exclusion, and slow-acting effects, which come from language policies that ensure failure for minority children in education systems that they are, after all, obliged to attend."

Joseph Lo Bianco, 2020. Languages, Peoples and Peace-Building. Video-lesson of the MOOC "Linguistic Diversity, What for?". Linguapax International - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2021.
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Joseph Lo Bianco is awarded the Ramon Llull International Prize for Catalanism and Cultural Diversity

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The Ramon Llull Foundation and the Congress of Catalan Culture Foundation have awarded the professor of the University of Melbourne for his constant effort to promote linguistic diversity and peace. Professor Lo Bianco, a member of our Advisory Board and teacher of our MOOC Linguistic Diversity, What for? knows very well the Catalan society and culture. He has been working tirelessly for decades on the proposal for language policies that promote respect for linguistic diversity, multilingualism, conflict resolution and the culture of peace.
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Final Report of Evaluation of UNESCO’s action for the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019

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UNESCO published the Final Report of Evaluation of its action to revitalize and promote indigenous languages within the framework of the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019.
On our website you will find the summary of the report in Catalan, and the link to the English, French, Spanish and Russian version, as well as the link to the full report in English.
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UNESCO Side event "Language Matters for Development, Peace, and Reconciliation”

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During the event, which took place online from New York on 27 May, experts representing UNESCO partners and other organizations from different parts of the world, acknowledged the importance of considering language issues when promoting development in the Least Developed Countries. They reflected about how indigenous peoples can be guaranteed the opportunity to express their needs and concerns on the matter, and communities will be involved in the decision-making process.
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La tecnologia obre portes a la diversitat lingüística digital

The head of the Automatic Translation Research Line at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, and member of the Linguapax board, explains how Artificial Intelligence represents an opportunity for the digital survival of minority languages.
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Global Civil Society Must Promote Linguistic Rights for China's Indigenous People

Recent article published by the Melbourne Asia Review (Asia Institute, University of Melbourne).
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The Mentality of Linguistic Subordination and Spontaneity
Article published in the section “Notes” of the website of the UNESCO Chair in Linguistic and Cultural Diversity.
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The hegemonic position of English in the academic field. Between scientific diglossia and academic lingua franca

Article published by the European Journal of Language Policy, Liverpool University Press.

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Course on Language Management Theory

Bjorn Jernudd, member of the Linguapax Advisory Board, gave a lecture in the course Language Management, taught at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University (Prague), in Spring 2021. The course presented and discussed the basic features and concepts of the Language Management Theory (LMT).
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Revitalizing N|uu language

The researchers, members of the Linguapax Advisory Board, contributed to revitalize N|uu language, a southern Africa’s original click language which was thought extinct, working side by side with its last speaker, Mrs. Katrina Esau.
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Voices from the Lost Horizon. Stories and Songs of the Great Andamanese
Through her last book (Niyogi Books India, 2021), the Indian linguist, member of the Linguapax Advisory Board, tries to unearth the hidden treasure of this isolated tribe, one of the oldest in the world. The work includes readings and videos of the songs rendered by the last speakers of the language.
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Ìgbà Èwe

The Yoruba language activist, Linguapax collaborator and teacher of the MOOC Linguistic Diversity, What for? presented his second book: Ìgbà Èwe (Ouida Books, Lagos, 2021) a Yorùbá translation of a collection of poems by Emily R. Grosholz. Interspersed with illustrations by Yẹ́misí Aríbisálà, the collection explores childhood and child raising through the eyes of parents and society.
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> The power of Languages in times of crisis
MoU conference, held in May 2021. You can watch the records of the sessions here
> Standardization as Language Management
7th International Language Management Symposium, 30-31 August 2021.
> Arrèxini
The first festival on Sardinian culture and language
> Linguistic and Religious Diversity
EURAC and the Institute for Minority Rights’ Summer School on Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Governance. August 2021.
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