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Information technologies - the focus of International Mother Language Day 2011

21.02.2011

Linguistic diversity is dwindling fast. Already, half of the world’s 6,000 languages are endangered, according to official UNESCO figures.

While the Internet is now the major driving force when it comes to the spreading of information, knowledge and culture, it is dominated by very few languages, like English, French, Spanish or Chinese. Even languages which are spoken by millions of people, like Kiswahili, Tamil, Hindi are virtually not present in the World Wide Web.

UNESCO therefore chose as theme for this year's IMLD  “The information and communication technologies for the safeguarding and promotion of languages and linguistic diversity” to highlight the new technologies’ enormous potential for safeguarding, documenting and promoting the use of mother languages.

TermNet supports worldwide efforts to promote multilingual information technologies and, therefore, calls for joint efforts to promote linguistic diversity in the new media for the mutual benefit of all.

Read more at UNESCO website and the Terminology Blog.

  
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