UNESCO International Mother Language Day

Two lectures- Dr. Carole Chaski on 'Forensic Linguistics and Models of Language' (1 pm) ; María Carreira on 'Language and Identity for Spanish Heritage Speakers' (2pm)

When: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: 6020 HSSB Building, McCune Room

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures


Two lectures are held at UCSB, HSSB 6020 Building, McCune Room, on Thursday, February 20, 2014, between 1-3 pm.

The first one is by Dr. Carole Chaski (Institute for Linguistic Evidence) on 'Forensic Linguistics and Models of Language' (1 pm) and the second one is by María Carreira (Cal State Long Beach) on 'Language and Identity for Spanish Heritage Speakers' (2 pm). Free and open to all.

Every year UNESCO observes the International Mother Language Day on February 21st, in remembrance of the students that died in Dhaka (Bangladesh) during the Bengali Language Movement protests in 1952. UCSB’s Spanish and Portuguese Department commemorates this day with a yearly conference. This year it will take place on Thursday, February 20th (McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB) from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The conference aims to promote multilingualism, awareness of the plight of language minorities, tolerance towards different cultures, and the preservation of linguistic diversity. The focus of the conference this year is on “Language and Identity.” The two speakers for this year will look at language and identity from very different points of view - Dr. Chaski will look at models of language for forensic identity in the sense of 'identification,' and Dr. Carreira at the importance of language for the identity of Spanish heritage speakers, as well as for society at large and for departments of foreign languages specifically. This event is sponsored by the Barandiaran Chair of Basque Studies, the Basque Etxepare Institute, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of Linguistics, and the IHC.

For more information please write to Viola Miglio,

Phone: 805-886-4877

Event posted Feb. 18, 2014
Last updated Feb. 18, 2014


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