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International Mother Language Day Honors Linguistic and Cultural Diversity

According to the United Nations, more than 50 percent of the world’s approximately 7,000 spoken languages are likely to die out within a few generations. Established in 2000, International Mother Language Day on February 21 celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity and emphasizes the protection of endangered languages throughout the world. The celebration commemorates the death of several students in Bangladesh in 1952 as they protested while defending the Bengali language after the Pakastani government declared Urdu as the national language.

The theme of International Mother Language Day in 2018 is “Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development.” To learn more, visit this page on the United Nations website.

 

 

Date: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018