National Museum of Language Flag Contest (reminder)

Don Osborn dzo at
Tue Oct 21 15:28:29 UTC 2008

As many of you may know, the National Museum of Language (U.S.) is
sponsoring a contest for design of a flag symbolizing languages and their
importance. There is a little more than a month left before the deadline of
28 November. Please see the appended press release below, and pass on as



Over a Month Remaining in the National Museum of Language Flag Contest

October 16, 2008

There are flags for everything it seems - but not for languages.

College Park, MD (PRnine - October 16, 2008) - The National Museum of
Language (NML), a small museum that explores the transformative powers of
language, opened to the public this May after more than ten years in the
making. A trailblazer in the field - there are only a few museums in the
world with a similar focus - the Museum examines the history, impact and art
of language.

As a trailblazer in the field, it is only fitting that NML take on the task
of creating what it believes is the world's first language flag, the
International Flag of Language (IFL). There are flags for everything it
seems-but not for language. NML, with technical assistance from the North
American Vexillological Association, is sponsoring a contest to design the
IFL. This contest and the flag itself will be NML's contribution to
commemorate UNESCO's International Year of Languages. Experts from language
and vexillology have been selected to administer the contest and to select
the winning entry. The contest rules are posted at

The contest, underway since September 2, runs until November 28 and the
winning entry will be announced before the end of the International Year of
Languages in February, 2009.

The NML is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM; first and third
Sundays, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Its current exhibit, "Writing Language: Passing
It On," shows how writing has developed over time. Attention is given to
alphabetic and pictographic writing systems. For younger visitors, a
hands-on activity room allows them to play a language game, practice
calligraphy, see technological presentations, and touch artifacts.

For information on the flag contest, please see For information on the museum itself,
contact NML President, Dr. Amelia C. Murdoch, acmurdoch (at) 


Media Contact Information:
Dr. Amelia C. Murdoch
National Museum of Language
Administrative Offices & Exhibit Hall
Executive Building Suite 202
7100 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740
acmurdoch (at)



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