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European Day of Languages
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What is it?

2001 was the European year of languages. The Council of Europe and EU were successful in involving millions of people across 45 countries in activities celebrating linguistic diversity and promoting language learning. The European Day of Languages continues in this tradition and is celebrated on September 26th each year.

The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:

  • alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding
  • promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered
  • encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.

Relevance to META-NET

The EDL is a pan European initiative from the Council of Europe to celebrate and promote linguistic diversity. This is in line with META-NET view that “Europe’s rich and diverse linguistic heritage must be the multicoloured fabric from which its web is made, rather than hindering the free flow of knowledge and thought”.

Specifically, the second objective (above) of the EDL ties into META-NET’s work to foster LT that will enable communication and cooperation across languages and secure users of any language equal access to information and knowledge.

The effort to prepare and publish Language Whitepapers outlines the landscape of European LT and the situation for each language in terms of how well resourced it is from an LT point of view. Collectively this body of work is hugely relevant to the broader European community from the point of view of linguistic diversity. Also, individually each report casts a spotlight on each language identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. EDL was a huge opportunity for us to promote our Network, our agenda and our work to a highly relevant audience. You can find more details on the Language White Paper for Maltese on our page Results.

As a partner in METANET4U, University of Malta produced a press release/statement about the EDL and META-NET’s Language Whitepapers and asked local supporters to draw attention to our own announcements through their blogs, social media, PR, etc.

The following are the contacts who supported our cause and published the press release on September 26, 2011:

  • Maltese Newspapers (In-Nazzjon and L-Orizzont) 
  • Publishing House Midsea Books
  • National Council for the Maltese Language
  • University of Malta website
  • The International Association of Maltese Linguistics
  • Minister of Education, Employment and the Family

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CHAT 2012: Call for Participation
The Second Workshop on Creation, Harmonization and Application of Terminology Resources
Digital Agenda Assembly - online forum
European Commission launches an online discussion forum to prepare workshops on Data
Accepted papers at LREC 2012
The METANET4U project team has submitted 2 papers at LREC 2012
Paper acceped at Hamburg Conference 2012
Invited talk on paper accepted to Hamburg Conference 2012 : "Maltese Mixed Language and Multilingual Technology"
META-NET Public Report
META-NET released their Public Report for 2011.
You can find the report here.

Paper accepted at LTC 2011
Michael Rosner, Albert Gatt, Andrew Attard and Jan Joachimsen, "Extending a Tool Resource Framework with U-Compare"

European Day of Languages
METANE4U raise public awareness through media about the Maltese language issues
Last Updated: 8 February 2012

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