Feb 20, 2017 Market Comments Off on Exhibit features written forms of Taiwan’s aboriginal languages
A special exhibit featuring the written forms of Taiwan's aboriginal languages is under way.
The exhibit organized by the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) kicked off on Monday, one day before International Mother Language Day on February 21.
CIP Minister Icyang Parod spoke at the opening on Monday, saying the exhibit is aimed at demonstrating the importance of preserving mother tongues. He said the council teamed up with the education ministry in 2005 to introduce written symbols for aboriginal languages. The exhibit demonstrates both the spoken and written forms of aboriginal languages.
The CIP Minister also said Taiwan has 16 aboriginal languages with 42 different dialects. He said that a widely recognized linguistics professor � the University of Hawaii's Robert Blust � says that Taiwan is a place of origin for the Austronesian languages, as evident in the rich variety and large number of Austronesian linguistic phrases which have been preserved here.
Minister Icyang Parod said his council is hoping to push forward new legislation by June of this year, to help the development of Taiwan's aboriginal languages.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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