International mother language day
hello friends do you know that today is international mother language day?
Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.
The world’s nearly 6,000 languages will be celebrated on International Mother Language Day, an event aimed at promoting linguistic diversity and multilingual education. Ensuring that these languages can continue in use alongside the major international languages of communication is a genuine challenge to countries worldwide.
India contains over a hundred languages, ten major scripts and several minor ones. In 1961 census, 1,652 mother tongues were recorded with the names of speech varieties that the speakers said they spoke. Linguists have classified these speech varieties and subsumed them under 105 or so languages, which belong to four language families (i.e. Indo- Aryan, Dravidian, Tibeto- Burman and Austro- Asiatic). Of these 105 languages, 90 are spoken by less than 5% of the entire population. 65 belong to small tribes. Fifteen of these languages are written, read and spoken by 95% of the people of India.
Today, about half of the 6,000 or so languages spoken in the world are under threat!!!!!!!!!! It will be painful to see our languages in that list a few years from now, if we stop talking in our language, only due to the craze for other language.
I have seen many people who talk in English even when they can talk in their mother tongue (I don’t mean about work place, I mean places other than that), why?
I have read a blog about why should we learn our mother tongue when we already know? I really felt bad and felt like asking do you really know your mother tongue that well that you didn’t want to learn. To all those who feel the same was as written in the blog, learning our mother tongue helps us to know our language better and pass it on for the further generations.