[lg policy] Language Celebrations Abound

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 6 15:13:06 UTC 2010

Language Celebrations Abound

February 21, 2010 by: editor

International Mother Tongue Language Day is being honored today
through Tuesday, February 21–23. This is the eleventh year for the
cele­bra­tion, which was initi­ated by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2000. Following an
opening cere­mony at UNESCO head­quar­ters in Paris on Monday morning,
an International Symposium on Translation and Cultural Mediation will
be held Monday and Tuesday. An infor­ma­tion session will be held
Tuesday after­noon following the symposium.

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project at the School of
Oriental and African Studies, University of London, is holding
Endangered Languages Week, February 22–27. Activities include a
variety of work­shops, films and presen­ta­tions regarding dying
languages and the field­work involved in attempting to preserve them.

It seemed appro­priate to begin a language policy blog in a week when
multiple language events are in session. One purpose of this site is
to gather news on language policy matters around the world, keep tabs
on upcoming confer­ences and discuss recent and upcoming
publi­ca­tions. Another is to provide tools and data for language
policy research. Language policy measure­ment scales and some of the
data coded using those scales are already present on the site.
Additional data will be made avail­able for down­load as datasets are
prepared. Please explore the research pages and use the contact form
to ask ques­tions or provide feed­back, whether on site navi­ga­tion
or content. This site is a work in progress and can benefit from your

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