LANGUAGES MATTER! A UNESCO poster competition

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by Beth Wernet

Languages communicate not only words, but also culture, tradition, and history. Preserving a diversity of languages also preserves important cultural memories for the human race. Stories, fables, traditions, are all passed down from one generation to the next, and insuring that these cultural memories are not lost is one of the most important issues of the current generation.

Each culture has it’s own way of expressing itself. I chose to highlight this cultural diversity by presenting the different “sounds” animals make in different cultures. I highlighted six languages, for the contrasting ways each culture expresses the sound a rooster makes when it crows. Each expression tells us about the language, but also about the culture. It reaches into the roots of storytelling, the traditions passed down from parent to child. In a fun and lighthearted way, it expresses the true impact of language on a society.