International Mother Language Day
Date posted: February 21, 2019
Today is International Mother Language Day! It’s a day that emphasizes the importance of language for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, and culture and tradition. It’s also a day that encourages linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
According to the United Nations:
- There are an estimated 6000 languages being spoken in the world.
- At least 43% of those languages are endangered.
- Every two weeks a language disappears taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage.
- Globally 40 per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand.
- Less than 100 languages are used in the digital world.
To learn a little more, here are a few links to explore:
- Four Things that Happen When a Language Dies
- The Race to Save the World’s Disappearing Languages
- Scientific assessment of endangered languages produces mixed results
- Turning to AI To Save Endangered Languages
- UNESCO Courier 2019-1: Indigenous Languages and Knowledge (IYIL 2019) (two stories from Canada)