Ethnic Languages Development Forum
Ethnic Languages Development Forum (ELDF) was a Yahoogroup. It was not set to save messages, so there are no archives. I was intrigued by the group description (below), but found it to be inactive at the time I joined.
As the name suggests the aim of the group is discussing the various issues related to the development of hundreds of ethnic languages in the world. In fact, all languages have ethnic basis, some languages are shared by many ethnics.
This is not just a forum of plain linguistics. Its a "languages issues" forum. The political, social, cultural, and economical faces of languages from Abkhazian to Zulu would be the matter of discussion here. The idea is preserving, enhancing, developing and promoting the use of ethnic languages among their own ethnic communities, and promoting multilingualism, linguistic diversity and co-existence of sisterhood languages, and "cross-national" languages like French or English along with the "local" languages like Tamil, or Tagalog, or Turkmen.
We encourage more discussions which would focus on "how to do" plans, instead of "why to do" topics. Discuss about the digital divide, linguistic rights, language education infrastructure, book trade, multilingual technologies, localization and internationalization of software, impact of globalization on the language usage patterns, language media and advertising, the changing priorities of language development, language issues concerning the immigrant populations, etc.
The object of the forum is sharing of the ideas and plans and finding partners of language development cutting across the nations.
We invite language enthusiasts, language diversity proponents, planners, linguists, language technology specialists, language media professionals, educationists, multiculturalists, democratic globalization proponents, and translators to expand their universe in this forum.