How Can Cities Benefit from the Multilingualism of Their Inhabitants?
Manifesto on the occasion of International Mother Language Day: Cologne linguist advocates for the protection of endangered languages worldwide / Workshop and panel discussion at the New York Liaison Office of the University of Cologne
Professor Aria Adli of the Department for Romance Languages and Collaborative Research Centre 1252 ‘Prominence in Language’ of the University of Cologne will present a ‘Manifesto’ for the preservation of endangered languages on 21 February, International Mother Language Day. He co-authored it with his colleague Professor Gregory Guy of New York University. The two linguists advocate for expanding sociolinguistics, which has so far concentrated strongly on the Indo-European languages of Western societies. Instead, greater attention should be paid to languages in remote regions of the world.
In big cities around the world, many people grow up with a mother language other than the national language. This multilingualism has an impact on education, politics and society. How can cities meet the challenges of multilingualism and diversity, and even benefit from them?
These questions will be the subject of a workshop and panel discussion on International Mother Language Day organized by the New York Liaison Office of the University of Cologne together with the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH), NYU, and the German Consulate General. On this occasion, Adli and Guy will present their ‘Manifesto’. In addition to renowned scholars, Yasemin Pamuk, Head of Cultural Affairs and Science at the German Consulate General, and Marie Paule Roudil, Director of the UNESCO Office in New York and UNESCO Representative to the United Nations, will participate in the panel discussion. The events are part of the Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19 – Deutschlandjahr USA.
The New York office of the University of Cologne is one of three international liaison offices in North America, China and India. The offices strengthen the international presence of the University and serve as a first point of contact for non-European students, prospective students and academics. The New York office cultivates relations with North American partners and offers researchers various platforms for networking, presenting their scientific results and building new collaborations in the USA and Canada.
Dr. Eva Bosbach