2019 marks the passing of a century since Estonian was first mentioned as a state language in the newly established republic. In celebration of this milestone, the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research has declared 2019 the Year of the Estonian Language. Throughout the year, events are organised highlighting key areas and issues related to Estonian. Each month in 2019 focuses on one such area.
Months for Estonian as a mother tongue, for literature and linguistics have already been celebrated. In February, the focus was on well-written and clear texts in the public domain. May was dedicated to terminology, June is the month for language status and prestige, July is marked by the Estonian Song Festival. September will be the month of language studies and of translators, amplifying the celebration of the European Day of Languages as well as the International Translation Day. There will be time at the end of the year for topics such as reading and games, language technology and Estonian-language education.
Events are recorded (and regularly added to) on the website of the Institute of the Estonian Language.
Pille Põiklik, Chief expert,
Language Policy Department, Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia