International Mother Language Day 2009 concludes International Year of Langauges

The tenth International Mother Language Day (IMLD) today, 21 Feb. 2009, marks the end of the International Year of Languages (IYL). As part of the observation of IMLD and the ending of IYL, a revised version of the UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger was unveiled on 19 February. It includes an online, … Continue reading International Mother Language Day 2009 concludes International Year of Langauges

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Opening of the National Museum of Language

I had the opportunity yesterday (April 29) to visit the National Museum of Language (NML) in College Park, Maryland (U.S.) by invitation for a special preview day. The museum opens to the public formally on Saturday, May 3. The name gives the impression that it is government-owned, like the various other "national" museums and galleries … Continue reading Opening of the National Museum of Language

What about the “Declaration of Linguistic Rights”?

There are probably not many people who have heard of the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights (UDLR). The whole concept of linguistic rights is not widely known or discussed outside of some "MINEL" (minority, indigenous, national, endangered, local) language communities and language experts and activists. During this International Year of Languages, and with an upcoming … Continue reading What about the “Declaration of Linguistic Rights”?

International Year of Planet Earth

The International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) is another of the several "Year" observances declared by the U.N. for 2008 (I previously mentioned the International Year of Languages [IYL], and will come to the others later). It actually runs from 2007 through 2009, but had its formal launch at UNESCO on 12-13 February 2008. The … Continue reading International Year of Planet Earth

International Mother Language Day & International Year of Languages

Today is the ninth annual International Mother Language Day (IMLD), and the date of the official launch of the International Year of Languages (IYL). UNESCO also has a portal page for more info in IYL. I've posted various information about IMLD and IYL in a special section of this site on Support for IYL 2008. … Continue reading International Mother Language Day & International Year of Languages