Linguapax launches the MOOC “Language Diversity: What For?”

Linguapax has just launched the course «Linguistic Diversity, What For?».* Linguistic and cultural diversity become more and more evident everywhere, but their importance, their scope and their implications are often neglected. For this reason we invite you to join our course, in which we approach linguistic diversity and multilingualism both from a theoretical point of view and from a perspective aimed to help understand and manage various elements that emerge from diversity…

Kontseilua and Donostia 2016 present the European Language Diversity Summit

The Protocol to Ensure Linguistic Rights will be presented in Donostia/San Sebastian in December 2016.This will happen following a months-long proccess of discussion by international experts and civil social organizations. The Donostia/San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture Foundation and the Council of Social Organisations of the Basque Language, Kontseilua, presented the European Language Diversity Summit, promoted jointly by both organisations, in the Miramar Palace in Donostia.The Organization Committee of…

Linguistic (un)justice in Peru: Bellido’s Quechua speech and the linguistic violence towards indigenous language-speaking communities

Our collaborator Miryam Yataco, sociolinguist, educator and activist on linguistic rights, and member of Linguapax Latin America, denounces in this text the linguistic violence suffered by former Prime Minister Guido Bellido, as a result of his speech in Runasimi language (Quechua) at the Peruvian Congress. The violent reaction of congressional members exemplifies the continuing colonial attitude in the Spanish-speaking sectors of Peru, to which Quechua and other indigenous languages-speaking communities…

Round Table “Towards the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032”

The Accompanying Group to the Endangered Languages GALA-Linguapax participated to the Round Table “Towards the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032” in the framework of the National Indigenous Languages Fair organized by the National Institute of Indigenous Languages (INALI), to discuss actions and recommendations for the launch of the Decade and assess the mexican policies towards indigenous languages. The development of the conversation was very positive, reiterating the need for…

Linguapax’ collaborations with the Faberllull Residency on Linguistic Rights

In the framework of the II Faberllull Residence on Linguistic Rights, Linguapax organised two events in which the residents encountered other language activists and language passionate people from Catalonia and other parts of the world. Worlds with words The first of these events was a conversation between researchers, activists, speakers and learners of minority languages, in which they shared their experiences, reflections and emotions linked to their languages. Sonia Antinori…

Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi is awarded the 2021 Linguapax International Award

It has not been easy for the Linguapax International Award Jury to select the winner among several nominations of individuals, teams and organizations from different parts of the world working hard to preserve and promote endangered languages, multilingualism, linguistic rights and linguistic diversity. Finally, the jury elected Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi, aka IBT, a Torwali organization based in the Swat district of Pakistan, whose mission is to transform the marginalized ethnic…

Josep Lo Bianco is awarded the Ramon Llull International Prize for Catalanism and Cultural Diversity

Linguistic diversity and peace, the basic aims of Linguapax, to which our organization owes its name, are also the working axes of an international reference in linguistic policy and conflict resolution, Joseph Lo Bianco, a member of our Advisory Board, expert of Catalan society and culture and teacher of the MOOC Linguistic Diversity, What for?. The Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and…

UNESCO Side event “Language Matters for Development, Peace, and Reconciliation: The Case for Least Developed Countries”

The United Nations General Assembly has recognized and reaffirmed linguistic diversity and multilingualism as priority areas for the international community, with the proclamation of the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 and more recently that of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages IDIL 2022-2032. UNESCO has been appointed to develop, in cooperation with a wide range of partners, including Linguapax International, a Global Action Plan for Making a Decade of…

Arrèxini, the first festival on Sardinian culture and language

The title of the event represents roots, which connect one to the land and have a number of functions. During the festival there will be debates on important issues such as the question of the history of Sardinia in school curricula, the role of Sard in society and in the public administration, the decolonisation of thought, and research in Sardinia with “Filosofia de Logu”. The programme also includes book presentations…

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OpenSpeaks: Development of open resources for citizen multimedia archivists

OpenSpeaks is a toolkit for language documentation in multimedia forms created in 2017 to guide citizen language archivists who are documenting languages in audiovisual mediums. While working closely with several language digital activists in Asia, particularly during the surge of COVID-19 last year, the OpenSpeaks team came across some of the practical challenges with audio-visual documentation of indigenous and endangered languages. The adverse impact of the pandemic on indigenous peoples…

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…