linguistic rights & minorities

POSITION PAPER: CELEBRATING THE LANGUAGE IN WHICH WE LOVE AND THINK

The International Mother Language Day, celebrated annually on February 21, was created by UNESCO in 1999 to promote cultural diversity and multilingualism, and impede the growing “subtractive bilingualism” phenomenon, on the basis of which children whose families have been forced to move away from home or seek refuge in another country, have been losing their first (their native) language proficiency and have been becoming linguistically assimilated into the host-country’s official language –sometimes forced to do so through policies designed for this purpose.  Read More

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