Saturday, February 24, 2007

International Mother Language Day

Every year UNESCO has declared 21st Feb as the International Mother Language(IML) Day since 2000. Yesterday, our CUC (Clulachuli UNESCO Club) had organised a special program to celebrate this. In that program many ethnic languages representative has to give a short speech about the topic "Mother Language for quality education and tranquility" in their own mother language. Two great language researchers Amrit and a language expert Toba were also present at that program. Bahing, Lohorung, Kulung, Nashering, Thami are some of the languages that are being presented as a speech.

During the speech I come to know that there are average 6000 languages in the world. Among them 3000 languages are becoming endangered. That means 50 percent of the total languages are being extinct. If it is not well preserved than they will extinct very soon. But the question may arise that why should we preserve languages. Isn't it be a one common language that is spoken by all? That is totally wrong because a language has carried many knowledge and ideas of the ethnic group about their culture, life style, environment etc. So according to Amrit Ji if a language dies then the knowledge also dies with it. That's why we must preserver out language. Though some many argue about the increasing globalisation concept and the uselessness of preserving languages, I assume that is wrong concept.

In Nepal there are almost 143 different languages and 40 are becoming endangered. This means that lot of things to be done in the area of mother language. He has categorised the languages into different groups according to the number of people the language is spoken. Though there are other criteria to do so. He also said that if the representation of every language is done properly then the major issue of quarrel between different ethic groups can be resolved with ease. Because a language has carried the the responsibility to hold the identity of an ethnic group.

How language become extinct?
Follow this link to know it:
http://home.bluemarble.net/~langmin/miniatures/extinct.htm

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Anonymous charitrwan said...

Ashish, tyo charitrahin cheli ko declaration padheko ho tapain le?

maile respnse lekhko chha... here>>
Charitrawan chela!

padhnu bho bhane comment lekhus hai

dhanebad

February 25, 2007 5:58 PM  

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