20.02.2009 | 
Student, Education
EXISTENCE OF OUR LANGUAGE IS UNDER THREAT
EXISTENCE OF OUR LANGUAGE IS UNDER THREAT
"Know 10 languages, know 20, but never forget Your Mother language".

These words of Khachatur Abovyan were cited by one of the participants of the roundtable Do not forget your Mother language. Since February 21 is the UN and UNESCO declared International Mother Language Day, a collaborative effort of YSU Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology and the Office of Public Information of the UN Armenian office was dedicated to the preservation of the Armenian language.

Chief State Inspectorate for language of the RA Lavrenti Mirzoyan, welcoming the initiative, expressed his concern about the preservation of our Mother language in our country. In his opinion, today the state does not exercise due care for the promotion of the purity of language.

A number of large companies have been fined hundreds of thousands of AMD for the placement of ad posters which are not in Armenian language. They paid a fine, but do not renounce of their poster in 5000 dollars. This means that such methods could not be fought with those who distort the language, - said Lavrenti Mirzoyan.

This concern is the general topic of the round table: how to preserve the Mother language and its purity? The organizers expected the active participation of the audience in the discussion. However, the discussion never took place. Only some experts expressed their views on the problems raised. In particular, they expressed concern about the illiterate speech on the radio, press and educational foci.

We constantly focus on the issue and organize discussions, but everything is the same. It is the time for such activities to be moved to a more practical field. Todays translator is more fluent in English, French or German, rather than Mother Language. This means that the preservation of the language should be provided from school, - noted Head of Chair of Armenian Language of YSU Faculty of Philology Levon Ezekyan. 

Dean of the Faculty of Armenian Philology Artsrun Avagyan offered not just to organize another discussion, but to form out of the present people a Commission and to send an open letter to the Minister of Education and Science or the Government. The proposal was greeted by applause. As the dean of the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology Karo Karapetyan assured, in the coming days a document with the relevant comments and suggestions will be drawn up and submitted to the appropriate authorities.

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