About this Event
Some languages have been in decline over the years, but fear not, there are some dedicated advocates and speakers who have ensured their mother tongues are preserved! UNESCO recognises that languages are the most powerful instruments for preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. It is reported that around 400 languages have gone extinct over the last century alone, and the top ten languages in the world today claim around half of the world’s population. It is therefore important to highlight the need for promoting language diversity to ensure that minority languages flourish in the future.
Join the event to hear from HE the Ambassador of Poland Professor Arkady Rzegocki and Geraint Jennings, a Jèrriais expert, about the preservation of declining languages and learn a word or two of some of Jersey’s and Poland’s declining languages whilst you’re at it. Geraint will set out a brief history of Jèrriais, the traditional language of Jersey, which is closely related to French, and outline ongoing efforts to preserve and promote the language in Jersey. The Ambassador will speak about the Polish language (the largest Slavic language in the EU and the second most spoken language in the UK) and some declining and minority languages in Poland, and also discuss the importance of preserving linguistic diversity. Both will ensure we contribute to the preservation of these languages by teaching us a word or two.
WHEN: Thu, 18 March 2021, 18:00 – 19:30 GMT