February 21, 2014
TheSrpskaTimes

Members of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today mark the International Mother Language Day to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

The General Assembly of UNESCO established The Mother Language Day in 1999 in memory of students who were killed in Dhaka in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, on the 21st of February in 1952 because they engaged in a protest after their mother tongue was not established as an official language.

According to estimates, nearly every day one language in the world disappears and linguists predict that from a total of 6,000 languages , more than half will disappear by the end of the 21st century.