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Mother tongue = identity


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With the celebration of International Mother Language Day, which we have been observing since 1999, UNESCO exhorts us to respect our own mother tongue and, at the same time, other mother tongues around the world. There can be no authentic dialogue or effective international cooperation without respect for linguistic diversity, which opens up true understanding of every culture – this is also one of this year's messages from UNESCO.

What is a mother tongue? Our mother tongue or mother language is the language we learn first and in which it is easiest for us to experience, understand, feel and think. It is also the language in which we dream. Our language expresses who we are, it structures our thoughts and identity.

The language of our compatriots on the other side of the Karawanks is their identity. If it is taken from them, denied them, suppressed, they lose their identity. Local languages, particularly minority and indigenous languages, transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge, and therefore have an important role to play in ensuring a solid future based on sustainable solutions.

This is another reason why the impulse from Ljubljana is important for Carinthia: what is needed is a continuation of dialogue and a call for responsible and constructive political discussion of the issue of enshrining the Slovenian minority in the draft of the new Carinthian state constitution. Only in this way will it be possible to find a solution that reflects the legitimate expectations of the Slovenian national community and at the same time enables a political consensus in Carinthia.

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