FLC Language for Life Award

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The 2019 Language for Life Award was given to Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi (IBT), Pakistan. IBT has over the years demonstrated how language can bring benefits to the communities by drawing on Indigenous practices, including but not limited to language. IBT has created jobs in schools where members of the local communities are taking a more active role in language and education. In addition to work on its own communities, members of the IBT are actively reestablishing Indigenous relationships across the region, where most people are multilingual. FLC recognises IBT and congratulates the communities for bridging the language divide.

Ahmar Mahboob (right) congratulating Zubair Torwali (left), Director IBT, on receiving the FLC Language for Life Award, 2019. (Picture taken at the IBT symposium on Negotiating Pluralism, Kalam, Pakistan.)


The Language for Life Award will be given to individuals, groups, communities, or organisations who can demonstrate that they are doing work that uses understandings of language and/or linguistics to benefit others.

The purpose of the Language for Life Award is to recognise and encourage projects in Subaltern Linguistics that empower people by using understandings of socio-semiotics.

In addition to recognition of their work, up to 5 Awardees will be given a cash award of AUD $200 each.

The 2019 Language for Life Award winners will be announced at FLC 2019.

Language for Life Award contestants do not have to attend the FLC conference to win; however, they will be asked to submit a 10 minute video for publication by FLC. This video will document their project in more detail and will be shared with the general public. Additional guidelines and support will be provided to the Award winners.

To apply for this award, follow these simple directions:

  • – Record a 2 minute video telling us about your project
  • – Post the video on YouTube or any other video sharing website
  • – Send us a link to the video using this link
  • – Last date for submission: July 31, 2019


  • – Anyone can submit: there are no restrictions on age, education, gender, location, job, training etc.
  • – You may, with permission, submit a project on behalf of someone else
  • – You may apply for the award as an individual, group, community, or organization
  • – At this time, we have colleagues who can help us evaluate submissions in the following languages: Arabic, Aymara, Ashaninka, Awajun, Cebuano, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malay, Balti, Balochi, Bangla, Bhojpuri, Brushaski, Dameli, Malay, English, Filipino, Gawri, Gujrati, Hindi, Hindko, Ifugao, Japanese, Kalash, Kichwa, Khowar, Kristang, Kohistani, Maithili, Mauritium Kreole, Maya Yucateco, Mixteco Nahuatl, Nepali, Odia, Pahari, Paula, Portuguese, Purepecha, Putonghua (Chinese), Punjabi, Pushto, Quechua, Russian, Shipibo, Shina, Sindhi, Siraiki, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Torwali, Triqui, Urdu, Wakhi, Vietnamese, Zapotec…
  • – Please contact us if you want to submit a video in a different language. We will try our best to support your request

Essential criteria:

  • – The project that you submit should document how you or someone in your community used language/linguistics to benefit the community
  • – FLC should be able to independently verify any claims made in the submission


  • – Please translate and share this with others
  • – If you are able to help us evaluate submissions in a language other than English, please contact us and we will add your language to the list



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