Thursday, February 11, 2010

The 11th International Mother Language Day (IMLD)

International Mother Language Day, launched by the General Conference of UNESCO in November 1999, has been observed on 21 February yearly since February 2000, with an aim to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism, and to celebrate the world’s 6,000 languages as intangible cultural heritage.

The Language and Communication Programme of the School of English is marking the 11th International Mother Language Day, on 21 February 2010, with projects by students of the course LCOM3001 Cultural dimensions of language and communication on the language situations of various minority communities in Hong Kong, including the Tanka community, the South Asian community, mixed marriages, and non-local HKU students.

One of the aims of this project is to remind ourselves and others of the various less-thought-about multilingual communities in Hong Kong, who face challenges in their communicative practices which involve their mother tongue(s) as positioned alongside other languages of global and local significance.

A broader aim is to raise awareness amongst the university community and wider society of UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day (21 February) and the significance of linguistic and cultural diversity, and to invite commitments for next year’s IMLD 2011.


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