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Annual Latvian-Estonian language award announced

The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Estonia announced January 28 the contest for the annual Latvian and Estonian Language Promotion Award (Languages Award).

A translation, a piece of research, or a Latvian language teacher in Estonia or an Estonian language teacher in Latvia can be nominated to receive the Languages Award for the promotion of the Latvian and Estonian languages in the year 2018. The Jury’s decision on a winner will be made in the spring of 2019 and the winner will be announced by the Latvian and Estonian Foreign Ministers.

The aim of the Languages Award is to promote the knowledge of the Latvian and Estonian languages and to recognize the achievements of Latvian and Estonian translators, linguists and teachers in the promotion of the Latvian and Estonian languages. The Languages Award also contributes to strengthening Latvian and Estonian cultural cooperation and this year it will be awarded for the tenth time.

The monetary value of the Award is 3,000 euros and the Award Fund receives equal contributions from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Estonia. The Jury of the Award consists of representatives from the Latvian and Estonian Ministries of Foreign Affairs as well as language and literature experts from both countries.

In previous years, the award has been granted to Maima Grīnberga (2009, 2012), Guntars Godiņš (2010, 2013), Kalev Kalkun (2011), Margus Konnula alias Contra (2014), Valts Ernštreits (2015), Livia Viitol (2016) and Rūta Karma (2017).

Award candidates for 2018 can be nominated until 4 March 2019. The contest application and the Curriculum Vitae of the nominee can be submitted by e-mail to [email protected] or by post to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, K. Valdemāra iela 3, Rīga, LV-1395 with reference to “Languages Award” and the full details and Regulations on the Award and the Application Form are available online.

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