Linguistic Diversity as an Investment: The Experience of BRICS Countries

08 Jun , 10:00–11:15
BRICS Creative Business Forum
pavilion G, conference hall G3

The International Decade of Indigenous Languages proclaimed by the UN recognizes the revitalization, digitalization, and documentation of the native languages of Indigenous peoples as major goals. This task can be accomplished with the help of public and private investment in language technologies, building human resource capacity, multilingual education, and the media. BRICS countries have extensive linguistic and ethnocultural diversity and demonstrate leadership in preserving languages and dialects. Russia and Brazil have adopted national action plans for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. China hosted a major international forum on language issues, and the resulting document – the Yuelu Proclamation – defined the global strategy concerning linguistic diversity for years to come. Moreover, numerous BRICS candidate countries are also making great efforts to preserve languages and related traditional knowledge and cultural heritage. What public-private partnership practices could be effective for the digitalization, documentation, and revitalization of languages? What examples of best practices in preserving linguistic diversity exist in BRICS countries and the organization’s partners? How can modern language technologies and artificial intelligence be of service to endangered languages? How can we make language technologies accessible to young people from remote language communities? What resources do language activists need to achieve more sustainable linguistic results?

Aleksey Tsykarev, Program Director, All-Russian competitive educational program "Indigenous Peoples. School of Public Diplomacy"

Eduard Baldakov, Chief Executive Officer, Denis'School
Arina Vanuito, Founder, Speaking Nenets club «Vano”»
Olga Gapeeva, Founder, Speech culture center, Voice of the Heart, TV journalist
Antonina Gorbunova, Deputy Chair, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Konstantin Derevyanko, Chairman, Scientific and Educational Union for the Development of Language and Information Culture Native Word; Member of the Russian Language Council under the President of the Russian Federation
Karina Kovaleva, Head, Events and Activities Information Support Department, House of Peoples of Russia
Alexey Pinchuk, Director of the Department of Federal and Regional Programs, Norilsk Nickel
Vakhtang Tuzhba, General Director, Foundarium International Venture Startup Studio