Consultative Expert Meeting on Sign Language Endangerment within the context of UNESCO World Atlas of Languages

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 -
9:30am to 5:30pm
Type of Event: 
Consultative Meeting
Contact: 
Rassem Foudhail

The Consultative Expert meeting will address issues in relation to the enrolment criteria, design and structure of the new World Atlas of Languages in terms of the inclusion of sign languages, and issues around accessibility of the Atlas as a whole for the deaf sign language users.
Over the past years, UNESCO has been developing and extending its “Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger” in collaboration with linguistic experts and the Foundation for Endangered Languages. The latest edition (2010) of the Atlas included more than 2,500 languages, and information is continuously being added to the online version, but no sign languages have so far been included. Therefore, it has been decided to include information on sign languages as a feature of the next development phase of the World Atlas of Languages.

The Consultative Expert meeting will address issues in relation to the enrolment criteria, design and structure of the new World Atlas of Languages in terms of the inclusion of sign languages, and issues around accessibility of the Atlas as a whole for the deaf sign language users.