Report on the International Mother Language Day Forum My Mother Tongue Amidst the Languages I Speak

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Jérémie BRIDE


This paper reports on the International Mother Language Day Forum held at the University of Tsukuba (Japan), on February 22nd, 2019. Lectures followed by open discussion, documentary video screening and poster sessions, each took up the theme of mother tongue in a multilingual context. Taking a region of Europe and the former Dominion of Pakistan as case studies, Andrej Bekeš and Mohammad Abdul Malek discussed how cycles of violence, language repression and assimilatory policies have had, and continue to have, far-reaching consequences, leading not least to severe political, educational and economic oppression of targeted peoples. The event concluded with a Declaration to establish International Mother Language Day at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Tsukuba in order to recognize the value of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote the preservation, development and dissemination of mother tongues.


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