National Museum of Language Announces International Flag of Language Design Contest

September 3, 2008

The National Museum of Language is running a contest to design an International Flag of Language.

College Park, MD (PRnine – September 3, 2008) – There are flags for everything, it seems — but not for languages.

The National Museum of Language (NML), a small museum that explores the transformative powers of language, opened to the public this May after more than ten years in the making. A trailblazer in the field – there are only a few museums in the world with a similar focus – the Museum examines the history, impact and art of language.

As a trailblazer in the field, it is only fitting that the NML take on the task of creating what it believes is the world’s first language flag, the International Flag of Language (IFL). The NML is sponsoring a contest to design the IFL. This contest and the flag itself will be the NML’s contribution to commemorate UNESCO’s International Year of Languages. Experts from language and vexillology have been selected to administer the contest and to select the winning entry. The contest rules are posted at The contest runs from September 2 through November 28 and the winning entry will be announced before the end of the International Year of Languages in February, 2009.

The NML is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM; first and third Sundays, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Its current exhibit, “Writing Language: Passing It On,” shows how writing has developed over time. Attention is given to alphabetic and pictographic writing systems. For younger visitors, a hands-on activity room allows them to play a language game, practice calligraphy, see technological presentations, and touch artifacts.

For information on the flag contest, please see For information on the museum itself, contact the NML President, Dr. Amelia C. Murdoch,

Keywords: National Museum of Language, flags, International Flag of Language


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The National Museum of Language
Executive Office Building, 7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 202
College Park, Maryland, 20740