[lg policy] International call for multilingualism and language rights to be valued, protected and promoted

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed Feb 21 10:51:38 EST 2018

International call for multilingualism and language rights to be valued,
protected and promoted On International Mother Languages Day, Salzburg
Global Fellows call on educators, businesses and governments to promote
language diversity as a global norm.
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*February 21, 2018 01:00 ET* | *Source:* Salzburg Global Seminar

SALZBURG, Austria, Feb. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In a world with more
than 7,000 languages but where 23 languages dominate, linguists, academics,
policymakers, and business leaders have come together to call for an uptake
in policies that value multilingualism and language rights as part of a new
Salzburg Statement.

*“In today’s interconnected world, the ability to speak multiple languages
and communicate across linguistic divides is a critical skill. Even partial
knowledge of more than one language is beneficial. Proficiency in
additional languages is a new kind of global literacy. Language learning
needs to be expanded for all – young and old.*

*“However, millions of people across the globe are denied the inherent
right to maintain, enjoy and develop their languages of identity and
community. This injustice needs to be corrected in language policies that
support multilingual societies and individuals.*

*“We, the participants of Salzburg Global Seminar’s session on Springboard
for Talent: Language Learning and Integration in a Globalized World, call
for policies that value and uphold multilingualism and language rights.”  *

The* Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World*, launched on International
Mother Language Day
21), offers clear recommendations on policy making, teaching, learning,
translation and interpreting. The Statement calls on all stakeholders to
act, which includes researchers and teachers; community workers, civil
society and non-governmental organizations; cultural and media voices;
governments and public officials; business and commercial interests; aid
and development agencies; and foundations and trusts.

*“In their unique way, each of these stakeholder groups can embrace and
support multilingualism for social progress, social justice, and
participatory citizenship. Together, we can take action to safeguard the
cultural and knowledge treasure house of multilingualism for future

The full Statement – in English and multiple other languages – is available
in full online: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/statements/multilingualworld

The Statement and its recommendations were co-drafted by an expert group of
over 40 Fellows (participants) of the Salzburg Global Seminar session,
for Talent: Language Learning and Integration in a Globalized World*
which took place December 12-17, 2017, in Salzburg, Austria.

This session, held in partnership with ETS
, Qatar Foundational International
 and Microsoft
is in line with Salzburg Global’s overarching mission to challenge current
and future leaders to shape a better world. It featured as part of the
organization’s multi-year series*Education for Tomorrow’s World.*

During the five-day session at Schloss Leopoldskron
Fellows across multiple sectors collaborated and reflected on the
importance and implications of national language policies; the role of
language in creating social cohesion; strategies for language teaching; the
advantages of multilingualism in the workplace; and the importance of
linguistic diversity and language rights vis-à-vis the Sustainable
Development Goal on Education

To coincide with International Mother Language Day, the Statement has been
translated into more than a dozen languages, with many more in progress.
All translations have been provided through the goodwill and voluntary
efforts of the Fellows and their colleagues.

*About Salzburg Global Seminar*

Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization founded
in 1947 to challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world.
Our multi-year programs aim to bridge divides, transform systems and expand

Salzburg Global convenes outstanding talent across generations, cultures
and sectors to inspire new thinking and action, and to connect local
innovators with global resources. We foster lasting networks and
partnerships for creative, just and sustainable change.

Over 36,000 Fellows from more than 170 countries have come together through
our work, with many rising to senior leadership positions. Our historic
home at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria – now also an
award-winning hotel – allows us to welcome all participants in conditions
of trust and openness.

For more information, please visit: www.SalzburgGlobal.org

For further information on the session, *Springboard for Talent: Language
Learning and Integration in a Globalized World, *please visit:

For further information on the multi-year series, Education for Tomorrow’s
World, please visit: education.salzburgglobal.org


A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

Dominic Regester, Program Director at Salzburg Global Seminar
Salzburg Global Seminar
+43 662 839 8345dregester at salzburgglobal.org

Thomas Biebl, Director of Marketing and Communications
Salzburg Global Seminar
+43 662 839 83-146tbiebl at salzburgglobal.org


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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