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Cabinet to submit bill for indigenous languages

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft act that was put forward by the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) to preserve and revive endangered languages of the country's aboriginal peoples.

According to the draft bill, a four-pronged revitalization policy will be implemented in a bid preserve indigenous languages in Taiwan, giving priority to five languages listed by UNESCO as critically endangered.

The four main areas are conservation, inheritance and education, usage, and research of the indigenous languages, said Icyang Parod, head of the Cabinet-level CIP.

The bill now has to be submitted to the Legislature and if it is passed it will allow the local governments in 55 aboriginal townships, cities and districts around Taiwan to publish documents in indigenous languages, not just the country's official language of Mandarin, Icyang said.

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