As emphasized repeatedly in Net.lang, towards the multilingual cyberspace, cyberspace presents both, a threat and an opportunity, for languages. Threat, because the most equipped languages impose themselves; opportunity, because, by its accessibility and universality, cyberspace can give a channel to those who need it, directly, as a recording option, and indirectly, through the dissemination of knowledge.
Maaya organized the III SIMC, a meeting which brings together some thirty international experts with the intention of shining a spotlight on practical initiatives in the area of the appropriation of cyberspace as a means of revitalization for languages.
- To publicize best practices and failures relevant to the presence which has been established by the languages of the world in cyberspace, and especially in Web 2.0.
- To alert the general public to the importance of linguistic diversity in the digital world with an emphasis on the emerging issues in connection with the job market.
This 3rd Symposium focused more on the dissemination of concepts than the two previous (which were more oriented towards the exchange of knowledge among experts): it allowed to highlight concrete initiatives related to the appropriation of cyberspace as a means of language revitalization, while fostering a systemic approach to multilingualism in cyberspace.
It opened to a wide audience, in order to make available the issues of linguistic diversity in the digital world and to facilitate understanding of the issues by all persons interested in the development and promotion of languages. Cyberspace was taken in the broad sense including new media.
It was also an opportunity to mention the preparation for the World Summit on Multilingualism, to promote the book Net.Lang. towards the multilingual cyberspace (in particular, to encourage other translations of this book which for now is published in English and French and soon in Russian), to present the Dilinet project (indicators of linguistic diversity in the digital world), and to present Wikipedia as a good example of multilingual tool.
Venue and Date
The 3rd International Symposium on Multilingualism in Cyberspace was held on 21-23 November 2012at the auditorium Marie Curie in the CNRS (3, rue Michel Ange – Paris 16e – France).