The head of Yakutia, Aisen Nikolaev, expressed his gratitude to the team of the Institute for Humanitarian Research and Indigenous Peoples of the North for completing the fundamental scientific work in 2018 on publishing the 'Explanatory Dictionary of the Yakut Language' in 15 volumes, consisting of 80 thousand words. The Explanatory Dictionary was edited by Academician of the Academy of Sciences of the RS (Y), Professor Pyotr Sleptsov.
The first meeting of the Council for the Development of Languages in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) on May 16, approved the Plan of Work for 2019 and the regulations for the standing commissions, took measures to observe the spelling regime of the Yakut language in the republic.
The head of Yakutia expressed confidence that this unique scientific work of Yakut linguists would become the basis for the development of the Yakut language for centuries to come. At the same time, Aisen Nikolaev drew the Council members’ focus toward the need to begin work on digitizing the explanatory dictionary and its replication in digital format. “Modern approaches today are in demand in all areas of language policy. In the era of globalization and fundamental changes in information formats, methods of communication, of course, the old methods of preserving linguistic diversity are no longer working, this is probably the most serious challenge that we must accept and together develop modern methods to solve it,” emphasized the head of the republic.
In this work, in the opinion of the head of the republic, the motivation of the whole society is important, as well as the creation of an atmosphere of interest and respect for the languages of all nations as an absolute value. “Representatives from all fields involved in the development and preservation of languages have been invited to participate in the activities of the council. I am sure that the breadth of engagement is the most important condition for an effective language policy in our multinational republic. We have something to rely on in our work, Yakutia is rightly considered an example of carrying out systematic work on the preservation of languages, where our scientific institutes play the leading role,” said Aisen Nikolaev.