7000 world languages | 6 official UN languages | 127 official languages of UN member states.
Year of Languages
Compiled by The World as Flatland
"A language ceases to be spoken every two weeks" ... 2008
|UN image from above site.|
|Image from LONDON RELOCATION|
Q: what Radio programs or alternatives do you listen to whilst working?
I tend to have phases myself... for years it was always Radio National but then sometimes I prefer silence ... or talking books... even perhaps a video which I might watch several times so it doesn't matter if I miss bits. Plus if there's a commentary with director & actors I take that in too.
This radio provides often great food for thought. There are paintings I might have worked on intensely over days, even weeks, with a story or idea that I've heard having permeated my thinking... and possibly the canvas.
I listened to a series of talking books by one particular author once when working on an epic painting...the brushstrokes became infused with the themes of the book series.
One thing I have long wished for is to be able to speak or understand languages other than my own native tongue. My three years of Bahasa Indonesia at school was never grounded by travelling to that nearby country... despite the fact that Bali is heavily touristed by Australians and Java and other places have long been too.
I love to hear aboriginal dialects spoken and find it only increasingly interesting to learn more of the vast cultural history that grew out of the soil of this land.
|Map of Aboriginal languages in Australia|
Ive posted this map on this blog before...I will try and link to that post as this map is such low resolution it cant be read. Click to read the link above for some stats on use of aboriginal languages today.
|Google language for an interesting read.|
Below is a language Tree from Europe... with the link to the article where it was found which is worth a read.
|read more on the Language Tree.|
I was immediately taken with this concept and found the program which I assume can be listened to from anywhere round the globe.
SOCIAL INCLUSION IN MANY LANGUAGES
It seems utterly important in this contemporary world that we have access to such programs and projects such as the one discussed here called MY LANGUAGE.
The term Linguascape wasn't so easy to read about online. An article I googled explained the concept as the linguistic nature of cultural, human-shaped landscapes... thats the simple bit ...read more here: