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SOAS-UCL / Mercator Research Conference: ‘Languages of the Wider World’: Understanding Resilience and Shift in Regional and Minority languages

International Conference: 7-8th April 2011

Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, Fryslân, The Netherlands

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This is the second international conference organised jointly by the Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning of the Fryske Akademy (The Netherlands) and the SOAS-UCL Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning ‘Languages of the Wider World’ (LWW CETL) (UK). The conference will take place from 7-8 April 2011 in the charming city of Leeuwarden, the capital of the bilingual province Fryslân (Netherlands). The venue is ‘It Aljemint’, Doelestraat 8, 8911DX Leeuwarden, the conference centre of the Fryske Akademy.

All people have the right to learn and use their mother tongue, and to learn a second and third language. This formal right is often absent and its use in practice is often less well guaranteed and less developed than should be the case, especially for speakers of smaller or lesser used languages variously labelled as ‘regional’, ‘minority’, ‘immigrant’, ‘community’ (including sign languages), ‘heritage’ languages, etc. The conference will focus on theoretical and empirical work in research, teaching and learning of such languages worldwide.