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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

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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Jul

31

With news about, among other things, Scotland's Gaelic community that could 'die out in 10 years', the discrimination of Finnish-speaking children in Sweden, a call for more Irish-speaking teachers, the adoptation of an amendment on Hungarian Sign Language, human rights violations in Spain, ideas for multilingual classrooms and much more!

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Jun

30

With news about, among other things, the results of a survey on the demand for Catalan on digital platforms, a plea to the French government to support the teaching of regional languages, online seminars by the Centre de Recerca en Sociolingüística i Comunicació, interesting books and articles, the Occitan festival Premio Ostana and much more!

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May

29

With news about, among other things, the results of the FUEN survey on the use of minority languages in the COVID-19 crisis, the first ever western PhD by a Nenets scholar, a new Occitan-French phrases dictionary, a manifesto book on creative multilingualism, the new journal 'Sociolinguistic Studies', the #Language-comfort project for primary education and much more!

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May

01

With news about, among other things, the call from the Council of Europe and ELEN to use regional and minority languages in the COVID-19 crisis, popculture in Sami languages, a bibliography of CUSC-UB researchers, the use of Hungarian sign language and Romani by Mercator Network partner Research Centre for Multilingualism (RCM), call for papers for ICML XVIII and ICMME IV and much more!

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Mar

27

With news about, among other things, the Catapult project for language teachers, an automatic translator for Aragonese, an open letter to the Council of Europe about the implementation of the Charter for Regional and Minority Languagages, a special font family for the Cymraeg language, and much more!

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Feb

21

With news about, among other things, the ENROPE calls, new reports on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Denmark and Poland, interesting conferences such as the ECSPM and NEWCON 2020, a blog on intergenerational language transmission and much more...

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