Fryske Akademy/ Mercator in France for the NPLD Conference

Colleagues Jelske Dijkstra and Cor van der Meer have been invited by the European Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD) to attend its member conference in Rennes/ Roazhon, France, on 9 June. This year's theme is 'Intergenerational Language Transmission in Multilingual Contexts'

The Fryske Akademy and its research centre for multilingualism Mercator, as well as the Frisian knowledge organisations NHL Stenden University, Afûk and it Europeesk Buro foar Lytse Talen (EBLT), have been members of this network for some time. The Province of Fryslân is also a member and, like the Fryske Akademy/ Mercator, has a place in the steering committee, alongside the governments of Catalonia, Valencia, the Basque Country, Wales and Ireland, among others. Associate members are universities and research institutes from European minority language areas, such as Aberystwyth University (UK), the Institute for Occitan Studies (ES), University of Udine (IT) and Partium Christian University (RO).


Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity

The Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD) is a European network concerned with language policy and planning for constitutional, regional and small state languages across Europe. Members of NPLD include both national and regional governments, universities and organisations working in the field of linguistic diversity and multilingualism across Europe.

NPLD's main goal is to raise awareness at the European level about the positive aspects of language diversity and to portray all languages, regardless of their political status, as an opportunity for the personal, social and economic development of Europe and as a platform for the exchange of experiences between policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and experts across Europe.