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Safeguarding the Pacific’s linguistic diversity

Over 2000 languages are found in the Greater Pacific area, most of them with no writing system.

Between 2000 and 2003, the first phase of a UNESCO language revitalization project was carried out in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji to document unwritten languages such as Zia, Sare, Tape, Naman and Nese.

Over 2000 languages are found in the Greater Pacific area, most of them with no writing system.</div>Between 2000 and 2003, the first phase of a UNESCO language revitalization project was carried out in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji to document unwritten languages such as Zia, Sare, Tape, Naman and Nese. This phase focused on basic documentation and the creation of materials to facilitate wider use of these community languages, especially in formal and informal education. The project received enthusiastic support from all speaker communities, who actively supported and advanced the language documentation work.</div>Thanks to the project’s encouraging results, the Japanese Government decided to fund a second phase in 2006 and 2007, focusing on thirteen languages of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.</div>




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