Wednesday, February 21, 2007

International Mother Language Day

Today is the International Mother Language Day. It's objective is to promote the linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
UNESCO started celebrating it in 2000. They selected February 21st because Bangladesh had been commemorating the Language Movement Day since 1952.
This year, the theme will be devoted to the topic of multilingualism.
The programm includes:
  • Multilingualism in Romance-Language countries
  • Mother writing
  • Philosophy: a riddle of words
  • The challenges of bridge building: from mother tongue to multilingual education
To download the poster: in English, in French, black version.

How important is your mother tongue? BBC article.

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