Media: Celebrating the Mother Language Day

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Thu Feb 20 09:23:47 UTC 2003

Dear Uralists,

forwarded from the LINGUIST list (, Vol.
14.496), an announcement of the Discovery Channel: nine short programmes
introducing some endangered languages will be broadcast on February 21st,
the International Mother Language Day. One of the programmes, filmed in
Sweden, highly probably includes Finno-Ugric material...

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Institut für Finno-Ugristik der Universität Wien
Universitätscampus, Spitalg. 2-4 Hof 7, A-1090 Wien
Tel. +43 1 4277 43009 | Fax +43 1 4277 9430
johanna.laakso at |


Date:  Wed, 19 Feb 2003 12:53:38 +0000
From:  Maartje Schreuder <M.J.Schreuder at>
Subject:  Modified: 14.490: Discovery Channel: Archives of Babel

In celebration of International Mother Language Day Discovery
Communications, Inc. in partnership with UNESCO, and the UN Works
Programme, will highlight some of the world's endangered languages
with a broadcast to over 100 million viewers internationally on the
Discovery Channel. In Europe it will be on Friday February 21, around 9 pm.

The broadcast will include nine short-form programs that capture
stories from the few remaining people who speak these threatened
languages. The stories were filmed in Scotland, Sweden, Canada, Japan,
Malaysia, Mexico, Argentina, and India. Websites from UNESCO and the UN Works Programme ( will
complement the short-form programs to futher bring these little known
languages and cultures to millions of people worldwide. On
International Mother Language Day, Discovery Channel will also air
Archives of Babel, a program that attempts to reconstruct the world's
first language, as spoken by every human being at a given moment in
history. Many of today's languages have roots originating from that
single language.

International Mother Language Day is February 21st. It was proclaimed
by UNESCO's General Conference in November 1999, and was celebrated
for the first time on February 21st, 2000.

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