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Special Event: Language and Development, February 20, 2014

Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:00 PM

Language and Development

When: Thursday, February 20, 2014; 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Where: SID-Washington, 1101 15th Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington DC

From community-led change initiatives to macro-level strategies, development and language are intertwined in innumerable ways. This reality is sometimes obscured by the fact that the nations and communities targeted for development initiatives tend to be far more multilingual than the authors of such initiatives. Nevertheless, the strong links between language, culture, identity and development mean that issues of language can have real influence on the success and sustainability of development initiatives.


The two presentations in this session explore different facets of the links between language and development. Dr. Barbara Trudell (SIL Africa) addresses the significance of language choice to a range of development models being implemented in Africa. Dr. Catherine Young (SIL LEAD Asia) explores the impact of globalization on language and identity, as they play out in community development in Asia. Together, these two presentations provide ample argument for the importance of addressing language issues in development.


A light lunch will be provided. 



Barbara Trudell (PhD in International Education, University of Edinburgh) has worked in the field of language and literacy in the two-thirds world since the early 1980s. Dr. Trudell’s research and consulting experience has been gained primarily in Peru, Cameroon, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Kenya. Her particular interests include language policy formulation and implementation, community processes of language development, and language choices in formal and non-formal education contexts.


Catherine Young (PhD in Education, University of Wales) is Director of LEAD (Language, Education and Development), a unit of SIL in Asia focused on language, education and development impact for minority ethnolinguistic communities, and an International Consultant for Multilingual Education with SIL International. Catherine began her work with SIL International in the Philippines where she was involved in linguistic research and literacy and education activities with the Palawano community in the Brooke’s Point area of Palawan. She has also consulted with international organizations on language-in-education issues in the Philippines, Bangladesh Nepal, Pakistan and Thailand. 

Location: SID-Washington, 1101 15th Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington DC

For more information:

Contact: Cristina Busbee
Phone: (202) 331-1317
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