New book: Revitalizing Endangered Languages. A Practical Guide

Cambridge University Press has just published the book Revitalizing Endangered Languages. A Practical Guide (2021), edited by Justyna Olko, from the Uniwersytet Warszawski (Poland) and Julia Sallabank, from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. It has been almost 30 years since a group of linguists, during the congress of the Linguistic Society of America (1992), called for action to combat the relentless decline in…

Regional Consultations for the Preparation of the Global Action Plan of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages IDIL 2022-2032

Linguapax collaborates with UNESCO as a member of the ad hoc group for the drawing up and implementation of a Global Action Plan for the International Decade of Autonomous Languages IDIL 2022-32. With the aim of disseminating information on the Decade, we are today publishing the first of a series of summaries of the activities carried out in this framework. As a part of the preparatory process for the International…

Linguapax opens the 2021 Linguapax International Award call for nominations

Linguapax wants to join the commemoration of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development with news of interest by people, groups and entities active in the defense and promotion of linguistic diversity: the call for the 2021 Linguapax International Award is open. The Linguapax Award is a recognition of actions carried out in different fields in favour of the preservation of linguistic diversity, revitalization and reactivation of…

Mother Language and Linguistic Diversity

Every 21 February UNESCO celebrates the International Mother Language Day, with a special attention to indigenous and minoritized languages, to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism”.
Linguapax shares this goal and participates in the celebration, but from a critical point of view around the concept of mother tongue. Instead we propose linguistic diversity as an alternative approach to languages. This is why we take the opportunity offered by the International Mother Language day to present our on-line course “Linguistic Diversity, What for”?
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A symphony for China’s dying language of Nu Shu

The Chinese language of Nu Shu was created by women for women in Hunan in the 13th Century, and now it is being showcased in a new multimedia symphony. It is one of China’s disappearing languages and has a long tradition of singing. US-based Chinese composer Tan Dun travelled to the remote area of Jiangyong county over a 12-year period, to collect the stories and songs passed down over generations.…

The Politics of Language – RC50 – IPSA World Congress 2016

  The Research Committee on the Politics of Language (RC50) (http://rc50.ipsa.org/) is now inviting paper proposals for the International Political Science Association’s 24rd World Congress (Istanbul, Turkey, July 23-28, 2016) on the following themes:  –      Language Regimes and Citizenship Regimes: Bridging the Gap –      Justice for Linguistic Minorities: Theories and Practices –      Language and Party Politics –      Language and Political Science –      The Commodification of Language –      The Politics of…