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Indigenous Tweets #IMLD14 Roundup

Categories: Digital Media, Events, Feature, Languages

This post is republished [1] with permission from the Indigenous Tweets blog.

Last Friday February 21st was International Mother Language Day [2], a celebration of linguistic and diversity originally created by UNESCO in 1999. This year, together with Rising Voices [3] and the Living Tongues Institute [4], we tried to encourage people to tweet in their native language using the hashtag #imld14 (#dilm14 in Spanish). We were thrilled with the response, and you can see some of the many tweets by searching for #imld14 on Twitter [5], or by checking out the Storify [6] created by Laura Morris from Rising Voices. 

For fun, I looked specifically at tweets written in any of the 157 languages we're tracking on the Indigenous Tweets site [7]. In all, there were 491 tweets containing #imld14 or #dilm14, written in 31 of the 157 languages. Leading the way were Gàidhlig [8] with 158 tweets, followed by 74 tweets in Aragonese [9], 45 in Ojibwe/Nishnaabemwin [10], 41 in Malagasy [11], and 28 in Irish/Gaeilge [12].

One of the primary goals of the Indigenous Tweets project is to get people to use their language every day on Twitter and other social media sites. We hope that a few of you who did this for the first time for #imld14 will continue to tweet in your native language and encourage others in your community to do the same. 

For additional inspiration, we'll close with a sampling of tweets in a few other languages.   Looking forward to an even better turnout for #imld15!!


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