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15:08 | Sep 22 | 2014

Yakut Linguists at International Conference "Language Policy and Language Conflicts in modern world"

 The Delegation of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) took part in the International Conference "Language policy and language conflicts in the modern world", which was held at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

The conference was organized by the Research Centre for the national linguistic relations of the Institute of Linguistics at the financial support of the Russian Humanitarian Foundation. It was attended by representatives of 19 countries, including different cities and regions of the Russian Federation, near and far abroad countries.

“The conference theme is relevant, especially in light of the tragic events in Ukraine. The role of the status of languages ​​and language policy in a multinational state may seem of little importance in comparison with the role of the economy. However, inept language policy in our time may well be one of the decisive factors, not only in the language but also in the military conflict”, - the Council on the Language Policy of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) informed.

The theme of the plenary session - "Language and society in the XXI century". Working sections: "Language Policy in the context of globalization", "Laws on languages​​: Experience and Prospects", "The role of language in the national language conflicts", "Development of national languages ​​in the conditions of globalization: positive and negative trends", "Minority languages​​: problems of survival in an era of globalization ". There were two roundtables: "EuroLinguistics in the context of European and global perspectives" and "Modern theories of the relationship between language and ethnicity".

The Conference participants discussed a wide range of issues related to the relationship between language and society, the functioning of national languages ​​at the present stage, the analysis of language policy, language legislation, linguistic conflicts in Russia and other countries, and exchanged positive experience in dealing with national and language issues in Russia and other countries.

It was noted that in multinational countries like Russia, language policy plays a specific role as language policy covers such important issues as the prevention of interethnic conflicts, enhances mutual understanding and tolerance in the society, restoration and preservation of languages. However, many language problems are solved slowly. The participants emphasized that the minority languages are in great danger in Russia.  Laws in favor of these languages ​​are accepted, but, unfortunately, they are not always enforced.

Evdokia Nikiforova, Deputy Minister of Education of Yakutia, Doctor of pedagogical sciences, Professor, presented a paper on language development in multicultural society. Director of the Institute for National Schools, PhD Svetlana Semenova gave a report on the problems of languages revival ​​of indigenous peoples in the Republic of Sakha. Natalia Ivanova, Senior researcher, PhD of Philology talked on a subject of sociolinguistic studies of the Yakut language in terms of linguistic heterogeneity of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Yulia Borisova, Researcher, Candidate of Philology spoke on the typology of Russian-Yakut translation of socio-economic terminological dictionary.

Following the Conference the participants,  in particular, came to the conclusion that it is appropriate to continue the study of language situations, the extent and nature of their impact on the emergence of inter-ethnic and political conflicts, to take joint measures with authorities to regulate the language situation in society with harmonious languages interaction, establishing the principle of polilinguality. The Conference also recommends to do research aimed at solving the problems of the language situation in regions, using the principles, ways and methods of the three-stage concept of "living language", the main provisions of which were presented at the plenary session, and to encourage in every possible way the preservation of endangered languages.

In order to join forces with regional authorities and the International Association of sociolinguists and to have interaction with the authorities, the participants propose to establish the Russian Association of sociolinguists to form contact groups in the country.