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Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning

hosted by the Fryske Akademy, researches multilingual education and language learning in Europe. For policy makers and professional workers, it is an independent and recognized reference centre. Mercator European Research Centre brings Europe to Fryslân and Fryslân to Europe.


Mercator Newsletter #154 online

With a lot of news about minority languages and multilingualism!

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3rd and last newsletter from CSLW Project

Our Erasmus+-project Critical Skills for Life and Work published the third and last newsletter, with articles about the Multiplier Event in Graz (Austria) and the conference in Newcastle (United Kingdom).

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We are looking for authors for the Regional Dossiers

We are looking for experts in the field of Papiamentu, Croatian, German, Kashubian, Lithuanian, Ruthenian, Slovak, Basque, Sami, Ukrainian or Polish as a small or minority language.

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Expert in the Spotlight: Dr Victor Denisov

Dr Victor Denisov (Associate Professor) is an expert in Udmurt philology and general linguistics, and also on the preservation of the sound heritage of minority peoples. He compiled the Regional Dossier on the Udmurt language in education. 

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Endangered languages and archives

This project focuses on the study of language contact, language change, and the reconstruction of historical sound recordings. Focus areas are the Russian Federation and neighbouring countries.

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Three day-event focusing on 1) Action research in linguistically and culturally (super)diverse settings. 2) Technologies and translation to manage...

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This conference intends to bring together scholars from linguistics and related disciplines with an interest and expertise in language and...

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Want to know more about language diversity and new technologies in primary education?

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Join the CSLW team at the launch a new learner and teacher toolkit, take part in discussions with researchers and language teachers, learn about how...

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Mercator publishes three regional dossiers in November


New is The Hungarian language in education in Ukraine. A Russian translation of the dossier The Udmurt language in education in the Udmurt Republic in Russia, and an updated version of The Breton language in education in France have been published as well.


An overview of Mercator's regional dossiers can be found on the regional dossier page.

Research at Mercator


Mercator European Research Centre for multilingualism and language learning represents an internationally recognized, independent reference centre, where policy makers and stakeholders can obtain information and advice about multilingual education, policy and legislation in Europe, based on academic research. To obtain reliable information about small languages spoken in other European countries, Mercator closely cooperates with other European experts, institutions and universities. Research questions under study at Mercator include:

Mercator's Regional Dossiers

Sharing Knowledge

Mercator European Research Centre shares and disseminates collected knowledge, online and via its publications:

  • The Mercator Regional Dossiers, written by experts from all over Europe, describe in-depth language education and legislation of less-used languages in Europe;
  • Research reports, based on Mercator's research projects, are freely downloadable;
  • Via the Mercator Network Newsletter, Mercator shares news with more than 2000 subscribers, all over Europe, about less used languages in Europe and about upcoming events;
  • The Mercator library contains over 6500 books and articles concerning less used languages and multilingualism.

Mercator continuously works towards new ways to improve knowledge dissemination:

  • Mercator is currently developing an online platform offering information about education and policy of less used languages
Mercator's network in 2016

Bringing people together

Mercator European Research Centre is an academic platform where experts and policy makers in the fields of minority language education and policy can meet and exchange knowledge:

  • Mercator Research Centre organizes conferences, seminars and workshops, where academics and educational experts and teachers meet and exchange knowledge and experiences.
  • Together with the Mercator Network, Mercator European Research Centre runs projects, such as the LEARNMe Project (2012-2016), which provided policy guidelines, based on research and best practices, for the education of less used languages;
  • With its Database of Experts, Mercator increases the visibility of academics in the field of less used languages, and offers an overview of European expertise in this field of study.
  • Mercator offers an online platform, called the Network of Schools, where European schools that teach less-used languages, discuss challenges, and share ideas;
  • Mercator interviews experts in the fields of minority language policy and education - what do they work on, and what drives them? - and shares these interviews online via the Expert in the Spotlight section.  

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