Monday, 22 February 2010

'Today' February 22, 2010 - Mother Language Day

The culture sector of UNESCO recently published a chilling report asserting that more than half of the world’s 6,000 languages are endangered. It pointed out that 96 per cent of the world’s languages are spoken by just four per cent of the world’s population, that 90 per cent of the world’s languages are not represented on the internet, that one language disappears on average every two weeks, and that 80 per cent of African languages have no universally recognised written form.

How and why does this happen, and what’s the impact of this loss of languages on the social and economic structure of a country?

To share their insights we were joined by:
David Cotter, M.Phil, Ph.D.,Academic Director, Aihua Foreign Languages Academy
Min Bista, Program Specialist for Education, UNESCO Beijing Office
Carolyn Temple Adger, Director, Language in Society Division, Center for Applied Linguistics

MP3 Audio: Mother Language Day


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