Contributions to the Annual Conference 2013 of EFNIL in Vilnius
Jolanta Zabarskaité – (Institute of the Lithuanian Language) Welcome address
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I daresay that our community that has gathered to this conference supports the idea that every language is a fundamental factor of creative expression, individuality, uniqueness, and the creative potencies of multilingualism, which manifest themselves through translation and interpretation, bear witness not only to the distinctiveness of every language and culture, but also to the unity of the multilingual world in its diversity as well. Expressed by way of translation and interpretation, multilingualism provides grounds for anyone to use the creative powers of every language to achieve their own personal goals, be it communication, creative work, competitiveness, or expansion of democracy. Translation and interpretation allows us to identify the national landscape that exists in every European language with its historical and psychological perspective, games, powers, and fears. That is how Europe creates the narrative of its identity.
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