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Mercator Network Newsletter

Here you can find an overview of the latest newsletters from the Mercator Network. Since June 2007 (newsletter #31), the Mercator Research Centre in Leeuwarden takes care of the newsletters from this European network. The newsletters on this website date back to 2015 (#109).   

In the newsletters you will find information about the activities of the Mercator Network, about minority language education and policy changes in Europe en of course the upcoming workshops and conferences concerning minority languages.

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Latest newsletters

Jun

01

With news about, among other things, the French Constitutional Council censors Molac's minority languages bill, a Hungarian resolution to support Minority SafePack, Corsican immersive schools open next school year, new NPLD reports on Regional or Minority Languages in the EU, the nomination for research on multilingual game BabelAR and much more!

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May

02

With news about, among other things, the French National Assembly approving a 'historic' minority languages bill, new ECRML reports on Slovakia, Spain and the UK, Conradh na Gaeilge challenging the NI Executive, Georgian Azerbaijanis fighting monolingual policies, a call to articipate in a survey about Global Citizenship and Multilingual Competences, interesting webinars from the VirtuLApp and ENROPE projects, and much more!

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Mar

31

With news about, among other things, the request for annulment of the European Commission’s decision on the Minority SafePack European Citizens’ Initiative, Braille alphabet to save Kashubian and Silesian, a milestone for Valencian language rights, the multilingual AR-game BABELAR for pupils 7-12 y/o, 3500 people gathered to save Breton languages, and much more!

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Mar

01

With news about, among other things, the ELEN call on the French state to immediately reverse its decision to reduce the amount of teaching hours in Breton, a new Catalan-Romani publication, the inspiring ICML XVIII conference, a Mobile Speachlab to study dialects, a call for testers for the multilingual AR-game by VirtuLApp, a German youth initiative for multilingual signs in Poland, an invitation to the free webinar 'Towards plurilingual professional identities' on 16 March, and much more!

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Feb

01

With news about, among other things, the disappointment now the European Commission (EC) will not propose new laws in response to the Minority SafePack European Citizens’ Initiative, the first Irish hearing in European Court of Justice, international comparative research on intangible heritage, the smearing bilingual town signs in Carinthia, the approvement of the Bulgarian Sign Language act, and much more!

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Jan

08

With news about, among other things, the adoption of a resolution in support of the Minority SafePack Initiative by the European Parliament, a huge grant for the development of a mobile solution for automatic translation between sign and oral languages, a linguistic emergency for Catalan, the ENROPE events for junior researchers, over 130 podcasts available in Welsh language, and much more!

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Nov

27

With news about, among other things, the passing away of minority rights defender Willy Kuijpers, the new FUEN resolution, a perception change for Catalan speakers, an emergency fund for Irish language groups, the LoCALL project on linguistic landscapes, an article on ethnolinguistic vitality of West Frisian, and much more!

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Oct

30

With news about, among other things, the public hearings on the Minority SafePack initiative, the recognition of Dutch Sign Language as official language besides Dutch and Frisian, the declining amount of people that can speak Occitan, a thesis on language awareness in foreign language education, the first radio station in the Venetian language, and much more!

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Oct

01

With news about, among other things, European concerns about the Cornish and Irish languages, new reports and evaluations about the implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML), a Scots language recognition campaign, a day of mobilisation in France to defend education in regional languages, a joint statement on the European Day of Languages, and much more!

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Aug

27

With news about, among other things, a protection plan for languages on the island of Sardinia that is approved by the regional council, Europe demands more Frisian teaching hours in the Dutch province of Fryslân, a new campaign to raise awareness about the use of Valencian, the new Minority network Schleswig-Holstein and Southern Denmark, the 2020 Gorsedd honours Welsh professor Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones, and much more!

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