Publication of the book “Language Communities in Japan”

Several members of Linguapax Asia have contributed articles to the recent publication “Language Communities in Japan”, by Oxford University Press. The book offers a comprehensive sociolinguistic overview of the linguistic situation in Japan, including national languages, community languages, and languages of culture, politics, and modernization. In the book, Linguapax Asia’s Sachiyo Fujita-Round introduces “Language communities of the Southern Ryukyu: Miyako, Yaeyama, and Yonaguni”, and Daniel Quintero presents a historical overview…

The project “La langue des oiseaux” has kicked off

On 8, 9 and 10 April, the beautiful city of Ancona (Italy) hosted the kick-off meeting of the 5 partners of the project La langue des oiseaux: the Italian cultural association MALTE – Musica Arte Letteratura Teatro Ecc., the Sens Interdits association of Lyon (France), the Boat People Projekt of Göttingen (Germany), the Djarama Association of Ndayane (Senegal) and Linguapax. “La Langue des Oiseaux” is a European Erasmus+ project which…

Linguapax Latin America presents two music projects in native languages

The CD Creación Musical en Lenguas Originarias is a project that was made in collaboration with artists, both women and men, from different communities who speak different native languages. Among them we find the Mixe and Mayan rappers “Mixe-Represent”, from Tamazulapan del Espíritu Santo (Oaxaca), and “Pat Boy”, native of Felipe Carrillo Puerto (Quintana Roo). Meanwhile, María Reyna from Tlahuitoltepec (Oaxaca), with a Bel Canto style, uses an opera technique…

Facing Linguistic Hegemony

Robert Phillipson, Professor Emeritus at the Copenhagen Business School and member of the Linguapax Advisory Board, dealt with the issue of Linguistic Hegemony on two occasions. The first was the Forum Vives “Objective 2025 on Universitary Language Policy”, at the University of Valencia, on 25 November 2021. In the opening lecture “Constraints and challenges in strengthening multilingualism in higher education”, he focused on the challenge shared by the universities that…

Languages do not die, they are killed!

On 28 March, the president of Linguapax, Monica Pereña, and the Outreach Director-General of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Ignasi Genovès, inaugurated the exhibition “Languages do not die, they are killed”, which can be seen in the Palau Robert, Barcelona, until 8 May (free entry). The title of the exhibition is inspired by Yásnaya Aguilar Gil’s speech in the Chamber of Deputees of Mexico, on 26 February 2021, during an activity…

2022 Linguapax International Award: Call for Candidatures 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 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. The call for…

The 9th Linguapax Review on Language Technologies and Language Diversity is out!

The 2021 issue of the Linguapax annual publication  “Language Technologies and Language Diversity” addresses the complexity of the relationship between technology and language diversity from a diversity of viewpoints. In Andras Kornai‘s own words: «With this special issue readers have an extraordinarily rich and very timely resource at hand.» To quote Juan Carlos Moreno Cabrera’s article Xenography: the impact of linguistic diversity on the evolution of writing: “Linguistic diversity is…

Linguapax Asia’s members involved in the publication of four Ryukyuan folklore multilingual picture books

A collaboration between island storytellers, artists, researchers, and a language teacher has borne fruit. Three picture books have just been published, and one more is coming in March. Originally, the project team of the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL) documenting the endangered Ryukyuan languages started to collect folklore as part of their research. Eventually, the researchers, together with an artist, decided to use their research to help…

UNESCO launches the Global Action Plan of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032

On 18 December 2019, the United Nations General Assembly, in its Resolution 74/135 (A/RES/74/135) on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, proclaimed the period 2022-2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. Many languages are today in danger of falling into disuse. The gradual disappearance of languages, particularly Indigenous ones, is connected, in practice, to the structural discrimination to which they have been subjected, to the vulnerable situation of their users…

2021 Linguapax Award to IBT: Local Languages, Multilingualism and Community Empowerment

On 21 December 2021, the Pakistani organisation IBT received the 2021 Linguapax International Award. Monica Pereña, president of Linguapax, opened the ceremony, and the Catalan Ministry of Foreign Action and Open Government, Victòria Alsina, remarked the importance of the Award and gave it officially to the IBT co-founders Zubair Torwali and Aftab Ahmad. In the second part of the event, Hamza Ali Rajà, cultural mediator at the Barcelona City Council,…