Over a Month Remaining in the National Museum of Language Flag Contest

October 16, 2008

There are flags for everything it seems – but not for languages.

College Park, MD (PRnine – October 16, 2008) – 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 NML take on the task of creating what it believes is the world’s first language flag, the International Flag of Language (IFL). There are flags for everything it seems—but not for language. NML, with technical assistance from the North American Vexillological Association, is sponsoring a contest to design the IFL. This contest and the flag itself will be 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 http://languagemuseum.org/flag

The contest, underway since September 2, runs until 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 http://languagemuseum.org/flag. For information on the museum itself, contact NML President, Dr. Amelia C. Murdoch, acmurdoch@languagemuseum.org.


Media Contact Information:
Dr. Amelia C. Murdoch
National Museum of Language
Administrative Offices & Exhibit Hall
Executive Building Suite 202
7100 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740