International Mother Language Day & International Year of Languages

IMLD 2008 logoToday is the ninth annual International Mother Language Day (IMLD), and the date of the official launch of the International Year of Languages (IYL). UNESCO also has a portal page for more info in IYL.
I’ve posted various information about IMLD and IYL in a special section of this site on Support for IYL 2008. It includes links to pages relating to IYL and IMLD on the UNESCO site, as well as a lot of other items and links.

The IYL offers the opportunity to make the case for various initiatives on language and linguistic diversity. One of the things I’m hoping for is progress towards a more effective “civil society” network linking organizations and initiatives with diverse but complementary purposes. More on that later.

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New blog

This is my second blog. The first one – “Beyond Niamey” – began as an experiment. I was interested to see what I could do with the medium, and how I might show use of multiple languages (mainly French, Fulfulde/Pular and Bambara). Ultimately I have used and continue to use that one intermittently to (1) post about some of my work, (2) write on African languages and the information society, and (3) as a place to aggregate recent postings from a number of lists I contribute to.

This blog is to be another experiment, as a place to post on the several professional and disciplinary areas I am and have been involved in, and the connections among them. Namely:

  • Agriculture
  • Environment and natural resource management (NRM)
  • Education
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • Languages
  • Development (international, community, and rural)
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