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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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With news about, among other things, the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, the effects of multilingual aging, bilingualism and Down syndrome, new reports from the European Charter about Germany and from the Framework Convention about Russia, a new Amazigh teaching method, the ENROPE Intensive Study Programme, and much more...

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With news about, among other things, the statement about the potentially disastrous Brexit effects on Celtic languages, 2019 as the Year of Indigenous Languages, the Jura dialect recognized as minority language in Switzerland, a new Journal on monolingual and bilingual speech, a research about health care staff with minority language, a follow-up for multilingual education project Holi-Frysk, a Youtube-documentary about Mercator and much more...

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With news about, among other things, the Minority Safepack Initiative and the mistrust between FUEN and the European Commission, a Postdoc vacancy at Mercator Research Center, the World Day of Romani Language, trilingual signage in Moldova, worries about the aging of Breton speakers, the ELEN and the SOAS/CIDLeS/ZAS/Mercator conference and much more...

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With news about, among other things, the Low Saxon language being recognized as 'essential' in a Dutch covenant, the Frisian language under pressure in municipal reclassifications, concerns about minorities and minority languages in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia and Finland, the 20th anniversary for Mercator Network partner CUSC-UB, and much more...

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With news about, among other things, a new report on minority, national, foreign and migrant languages in European society (MIME Vademecum), the ICML XVII, two new Erasmus+ projects, the Minority SafePack, a Wiki on minority languages, the COMBI project, Teach-D, linguistic rebellion in bilingual children's primary years, and much more...

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With news about, among other things, 20 years of European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, bilingual children and autism, crowdfunding for Cornish TV, official status for Sardinian, the endangered Yukaghir languages and Disney's The Incredibles 2 in Catalan, and much more...

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With news about, among other things, multilingual language learning, the COMBI project Modules, sociolinguistic research in Catalan language, language equality in the digital age, ambassadors from the endangered Grèko community in Friesland and much more...

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With news about, among other things, a new publication about minorities in Sweden, Mirjam Günther-Van der Meij obtained her PhD, an online suvey from the ECML, a student smart phone challenge in young jargon in Barcelona, Montserrat Sendra has been granted by Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), and much more...

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A special newsflash about the 17th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVII), that takes place in Leeuwarden (Ljouwert), the capital of Fryslân, the Netherlands. The conference is from 22 to 25 May 2019 and is organized by the Mercator Research Centre.

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With news about, among other things, the BIG cities, small LANGUAGES congress, the COMBI-project, a Massive Open Online Course on Frisian Language, the launch of the North-East Scots Language Board, the children's protest for the survival of the Diwan schools in Brittany, and more...

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