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FORUM : INTRODUCTION

 

The Foro Amarauna Languages Project is an initiative that follows the World Languages Review promoted by UNESCO Etxea, the UNESCO centre of the Basque Country (Bilbao) with funding from the Basque Government.
The aim of this initiative is to circulate the information related to the situation of the languages and linguistic communities of the world, so as to heighten public awareness of the necessity and advantages of preserving linguistic diversity.
Making use of the possibilities that Internet provides, we try to promote dialogue, interchange and discussion among specialists and people who are involved and interested in language policy, the study, or simply the use of different languages in the world.
The Foro Amarauna Languages aims to conduct discussion on two topics a year which will be published on the Amarauna Languages\x{2019} web site. The first discussion will take place at the end of 2003.
The structure of the debate will be the following:

  • 1.- The Technical Committee will determine the main topic of each debate.
  • 2.- A central discussant will write a paper of about 20,000 characters maximum, in the language of his/her choice and in English. This paper will be published in both languages.
  • 3.- About six specialists will react to the main paper with a text of 5,000 characters maximum in the language of her/his choice and in English in order to give their point of view and enrich the debate.
  • 4.- Since the aim of the Foro Amarauna Languages is to promote the participation of anyone who is interested in the topic, they can contribute to the debate and their opinion will be published on the web page if the following requirements are fulfilled:
    • their contribution is related to the topic;
    • they respect people and their opinion,
    • the contribution is 2,000 characters maximum;

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