The Country of Languages

Vasily Kharitonov

Online and offline language activism

The Country of Languages is an informal platform consisting of websites, chats, public groups and offline communities that allows staying in touch and working together while being separated geographically. The resource helps to connect enthusiasts competent in different fields: a programmer, a designer, a journalist, an educator, etc. Coordinated in the virtual space, the projects give feasible results, such as a Mari-language translation of the interface of the VK social network, or an article on language activism in Russia.

Mainly we work in the field of informal or so-called grass-root language activisms, engaging native language teachers, developers of websites and applications, and linguists.

Vasily Kharitonov, project founder

The Country of Languages unites both native speakers as well as people interested in indigenous languages. The platform users do not get any payment for their work. However, they can obtain funding by applying for grants. The participants have planned the execution of several educational projects, including: holding of a one-week language activism school; publishing of an language activism encyclopaedia; drawing of a self-study book of the Nanai language; and launching of an online course in the Aleut language.

Festival of languages

Predominantly operating in the Internet, The Country of Languages also runs several offline projects. The ongoing ones are: organization of a Nanai-language camp, and collection of Turkic idioms in the Astrakhan Region. Besides, the Astrakhan Region ethnical areas under study will be included into an initiative on installation of traffic signs in respective native languages at the entrance to the settlements. Apart from the ethnical communities, The Country of Languages commutates with the big cities, attracting their attention to the issue of language diversity loss.

The Country of Languages unites both native speakers as well as people interested in indigenous languages.

The Country of Languages aims to assist production of relevant modern-format linguistic content that can improve the image of the native languages in the view of the young generation. This approach can be illustrated with projects on composing the Aleut-language music, or issuing the Internet-based Buryat-language journal.

The signature project of The Country of Languages is organization of language festivals held in cities and areas of the traditional habitat of the indigenous peoples.