In an article launched today, to mark International Mother Language Day, Gabrielle Hogan-Brun and Loredana Polezzi write about the importance of children developing their own languages first, in order to achieve their full potential. There are many cases around the world where local languages are becoming neglected and in danger of extinction. As a result, children are being denied the opportunity to maintain, develop and enjoy their own mother tongue. The Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World, launched today, on International Mother Language Day, calls for individuals, corporations, institutions and governments to adopt a multilingual mindset that celebrates and promotes language diversity as the global norm, tackles language discrimination, and develops language policies that advance multilingualism. Read the full article here.