International Mother Language Day , February 21

AILDI Celebrates International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is celebrated annually on February 21. Designated by UNESCO in 2002, IMLD promotes the preservation and protection of all languages. AILDI has joined in the IMLD celebrations since 2016. AILDI developed signs that translate some of the UA campus buildings into the Hopi, Navajo, Tohono O'odham and Yaqui language. The posting of the building signs serves two major purposes. First, the signs balance the linguistic landscape. The linguistic landscape refers to government and civic way-finding signs, primarily street signs and building signs. The language used for public signage indirectly promotes the authority of that language, in this case, English. In addition to balancing the linguistic landscape,  the signs draw attention to the diversity and vitality of tribal languages.

Click here for more information on the UNESCO designation of International Mother Language Day.