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Bamako International Forum on Multilingualism

(January 2009) The African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) organized the Bamako International Forum on Multilingualism in Bamako, Mali, 19–21 January. The aim was to celebrate the International Year of Languages on the African continent through an event of international scope and perspective.

Dr. Barbara Trudell (right) with Ivorian scholar Dr. Paulin Djité, University of Western Sydney Dr. Barbara Trudell (right) with Ivorian scholar Dr. Paulin Djité, University of Western Sydney

Barbara Trudell, Director of Academic Affairs for SIL Africa Area and an international literacy consultant, delivered a paper titled "Multilingualism in sub-Saharan Africa: Describing a phenomenon, leveraging a resource." Her paper was one of eight in the panel, Presentations on the problematic of linguistic diversity within each major world geo-linguistic space and on the political, economic and cultural stakes arising from the status of languages in continental and international organizations.

Purpose of the forum

SIL is a founding member of Maaya—the World Network for Linguistic Diversity, under whose auspices ACALAN organized the forum, in partnership with UNESCO, OIF, the Union Latine, the Governments of Austria and Mali, international institutions and other interested stakeholders.

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