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Multilingualism and Language Learning in short

In the 21st century all European citizens live in a multilingual environment. In their daily lives they come across many different languages. Consequently there is a growing interest in multilingualism and an increasing need for language communities to exchange experiences and to cooperate. The Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning, part of the Fryske Akademy, meets this need by collecting, researching and studying, circulating, and applying knowledge in the field of language learning and use at school, at home and through cultural participation. The Mercator Research Centre is an independent and recognised reference centre for policymakers and professional workers in the field of multilingual education and language learning. The Mercator Research Centre brings Europe to Fryslân and Fryslân to Europe.

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2-Day seminar, organized by Mercator Research Centre: Language documentation, teaching materials and didactics; an opportunity for small and endangered languages?, Ljouwert (NL)

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November 2016: new Regional Dossier published: Nenets, Khanty and Selkup

Nenets, Khanty, and Selkup are the native languages of the indigenous population in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous okrug (district). The district is situated in Western Siberia, on the eastern side of the Ural Mountains in the Russian Federation. In the Russian Federation, the right to actively use one’s native language is protected under Article 26 of the Konstitutsia Rossiiskoi Federatsii (the Constitution of the Russian Federation)...

The Regional Dossier Nenets, Khanty and Selkup. The Nenets, Khanty and Selkup language in education in the Yamal Region in Russia has been compiled by Dr Roza Ivanovna Laptander (Candidate of Philological Science), expert in the Tundra Nenets language and Nenets speaking society, sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology and researcher at the Artic Centre at the University of Lapland and visiting researcher at the Artic Centre of the University of Groningen.

Expert in the Spotlight October-November 2016: Maaike Verrips, Anna de Graaf and Fleur Verbiest of De Taalstudio

Photo of Anna de Graaf

Maaike Verrips, Anna de Graaf and Fleur Verbiest form an ever expanding interactive platform for everyone dealing with multilingual children, The platform is called Meertalig.nl.