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Le plurilinguisme, enjeu mondial, rendez-vous en 2016

Ultima actualizare: 11 Oct 2015

Background: South Africans have a rich linguistic heritage. Many of us are fluent in several languages and are able to communicate in several more. We draw on these multilingual repertoires daily to communicate, to learn and to create our identities. This diversity is something to be celebrated but it also raises challenges and opportunities. The Rhodes University, through the Language Committee, is raising awareness about Multilingualism in Higher Education.

One avenue to raise awareness is through the Annual Multilingualism Colloquium which celebrates linguistic diversity and multilingualism and also explores the challenges and opportunities it raises for Higher Education. This year the colloquium is on 22 September from 4pm to 8pm in Eden Grove Red. All are welcome to attend and participate.

In addition, Rhodes University holds an annual Multilingual Creative Writing Competition to encourage the development of young writers and performers, to encourage the development of uniquely South African multilingual genres, to validate the use of multilingual registers as literary mediums and to form a creative space where issues of language, identity and culture can be explored through the languages we use every day.

This year, for the first time, there is a special performance category for a multilingual musical performance and/or short story. There are no other restrictions on the genre of musical performance e.g. it may be rap, hip-hop, ballad, cabaret, DJ mix/mixset etc.

Competition Rules:

Entrants must write either a short story or a song that uses two or preferably more of the official languages of the country. Ideally, at least one of the languages of the creative work should be one of the official languages of the Eastern Cape (Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa or Sesotho). The creative work may also include any other languages of the world.
The maximum length of the short story must be 1000 words and the maximum length of the song should be 4 minutes.
The creative work should display linguistic and literary competence in two or more official languages i.e. the creative work should not be predominantly in one language with just a few words of another language included.
The creative work should be new and original, must be authored by the person who submits it and must not be published elsewhere.
For the convenience of judges, if the composition includes languages that are not also official languages of the province then, a translation is required as an appendix.
The closing date for entries is 1 September 2015 at 12 noon. Entries must be emailed to Această adresă de email este protejată contra spambots. Trebuie să activați JavaScript pentru a o vedea. with the following subject line “Creative Writing Competition Entry: YOUR SURNAME”. Please attached your creative work as a PDF or Word Document (Doc/docx) or as a MP3 if it is a song and an application form.
Entrants must be registered Rhodes University students. Where the creative work is a collaborative effort (e.g. of a group) then at least a majority of the authors must be registered students of Rhodes University.
The winner will receive a cash prize of R1500 and the runner up will receive a prize of R1000.
The winners will be announced at the Multilingualism Colloquium on 22 September 2015. The winners must be present at the colloquium in order to claim their prizes.
The winners will also read their story or perform their song to the audience.
The decision of the award committee is final and the committee may use their discretion in the application of these rules and decision criteria.