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THE INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY AT NLM

Within the International Mother Language Day, the National Library of Montenegro “Đurđe Crnojević” in cooperation with the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts and the University of Montenegro marked getting the international code for the Montenegrin language with an exhibition of books and documents last night at the Library in Cetinje.

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, the vice-rector of the University of Montenegro prof. Dr Đurđica Perović pointed out that Montenegrin language is an inseparable part of Montenegrin history, culture, tradition, duration, existence and that it is a priceless heritage that we have to preserve.

“The impossibility of registering publications in Montenegrin language, problems with international exchange of bibliographic information, the inability to use Montenegrin language in modern technologies will finally be overcome by international codification” Perović said.

According to academician Niko Martinović, the aura of this year’s celebration of the International Mother Language Day in our country is given by the fact that the Montenegrin language has recently received an international code.

“Our deed of ontological pedigree, historical and state durability and cultural individuality is confirmed as with a wax seal, since the language and its name preserve the memory of one nation”, Martinović said, adding that the essence of the nation is founded in its language – “audible homeland” and in a kind of ethnographic treasury.

The director of the National Library of Montenegro “Đurđe Crnojević” Bogić Rakoćević reminded that the first written request for obtaining the international code for the Montenegrin language was sent to the Technical Committee ISO 639-2, headquartered in the Library of Congress in Washington, in July 2008, and that the request, after numerous procedures was approved on December 8, 2017.

The exhibition of books and documents, prepared by the National Library’s consultant Milenija Vračar, will decorate the library hall until March 7.