Modern language researchers at some of the UK's leading Universities are calling for the appointment of a 'Chief Government Linguist' to champion the importance and relevance of languages to policy-making.
Professor Carruthers outlined to MPs the value of languages, both globally and locally: "Internationally, as the UK forges new relationships around the world, speaking the language of those with whom we are doing business, or negotiating sensitive issues, opens the door to a completely different level of intercultural understanding, with better outcomes for diplomacy, peace-building, defence, health and trade.
"At a local level, community cohesion – urban and rural - is reinforced if we value the languages that are so central to the identity of our immigrant communities, and the indigenous languages of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland."
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