The United Nations introduced Language Days in 2010, to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity of various languages. The United Nations celebrates six Language Days each year, dedicated to the six official languages of the UN, namely Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Among them, the ‘French Language Day’ is celebrated on March 20, which marks ..
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched International Mother Language Day (IMLD) in 1991, with an objective of gaining global support for preserving the diversity of languages, with special focus on indigenous languages. This year, UNESCO has declared ‘Languages without borders’ as the theme for International Mother Language Day 2020. In India, ..
The 22nd edition of the world language database Ethnologue was recently released. As per the list, Hindi is the third most spoken language of the world in 2019. The language is spoken by nearly 615 million speakers. English is placed at the top of the database with 1132 million speakers while Chinese Mandarin is at ..
The International Translation Day (ITD) is celebrated every year on 30th of September to pay tribute to the work of language professionals. The 2019 theme “Translation and Indigenous Languages”, focuses on the indigenous languages that are in danger of disappearing.
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (or World Tribal Day) is observed on August 9 to front-up and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. The 2019 theme is ‘Indigenous Languages’. It was reported in the year 2016 that about 2680 indigenous languages were in danger and on the verge of getting ..
Contrary to the popular misconception that India has the most no. of different languages that are spoken in one country, the title actually belongs to the nation of Papua New Guinea. While a total of 840 languages are spoken in Papua New Guinea, over 453 languages are spoken in India and it holds the distinction ..
Ethnologue (a directory of languages) lists 7,111 living languages worldwide (languages that are still being used and spoken by people). According to it, Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has the highest number of ‘living’ indigenous languages in the world (840), while India stands 4th with 453. Interestingly, the U.S. (335 languages) and ..
The Sahitya Akademi has announced the Bal Sahitya Puraskar and Yuva Puraskar for the year 2019. Bal Sahitya Puraskar Bal Sahitya Puraskar is awarded to an author of the book which is an outstanding contribution to language and literature or Individual based on the overall contribution to Children Literature. Translated works are not eligible for ..