Rendez-Vous #35: Did You Know About Mother Language Day?
In 1999, February 21 was declaredInternational Mother Language Day by UNESCO.
That same February 21, 1952, five students from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, gave their lives so that Bangla be appointed official language in what was then East Pakistan, which became Bangladesh after the Liberation War. More information here.
“Mother language” is the calque of a term used in several Romance languages, eg. in French: langue maternelle. In linguistics, “mother language” refers to an ancestral of a language family.
There are many ways you can mark this special day: call your parents, read a comic strip from your childhood, listen to music in your language or go to the theater, as words and language also have a key role in the artistic world.
Newsletter #35 – Did You Know About Mother Language Day?