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The MIME Vademecum: 72 questions on multilingualism

MIME (Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe) is a large international interdisciplinary research project (2014-2018) on multilingualism. One of the main outputs of the MIME-project is the MIME Vademecum. This report is a summary of four years of research conducted by about 70 scholars from 11 different disciplines. On the basis of six themes the reader gets acquainted with a diverse range of studies conducted within the MIME-project around the central topic of multilingualism, e.g. language policy, language rights, multilingual education, multilingual communication strategies. The report addresses various issues regarding minority, national, foreign and migrant languages in European society. The Vademecum is made first and foremost for people who are not involved in academics but who deal with matters of multilingualism professionally or politically, such as teachers or policy makers.

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ENROPE for junior language education researchers

On september 10th 2018, the 3-year running network (2018-2021) ENROPE (European Network for Junior Researchers in the Field of Plurilingualism and Education), co-funded by the Erasmus+ program, had it’s kick-off meeting in Frankfurt. The ENROPE project works at the interface of language education research and language teaching. ENROPE promotes inquiry-based and research-related classroom development that is sensitive to the linguistic ecology of classrooms and their environments. ENROPE will be realised by a consortium of nine European partners (eight universities and the Mercator Research Centre). It is coordinated by the Humboldt University (Berlin) and it is complemented by a large network of associated partners from within Europe and beyond.

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New Erasmus+ Project: Virtual Language App

The Mercator Research Centre (NL), ATiT (BE), Luca School of Arts (BE), Trinity College Dublin (IE) and Universidad del Pais Vasco (ES) work together in the Erasmus+ project VirtuLApp (Virtual Language App) to develop an multididactic approach which teachers can use in any (multilingual) situation. The needs of teachers (more knowledge about and tools for multilingual education, integration of migrant languages and lesser language separation) will be addressed with the development of a multi-player augmented and virtual reality app about multilingual education and the development of a digital handbook and toolkit with video-based documentation of best-practices of schools already using the heteroglossic approach in the classroom. The kick-off meeting is on 15-16 October 2018.

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ICML XVII new submission deadline: 15 Oct. 2018

The 17th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVII) has extended the deadline for the submission of proposals for colloquia, papers and posters. The new submission date is 15 October 2018. The Call for Papers can be found on ICML XVII takes place from 22 to 24 May 2019 in Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, The Netherlands and is organized by the Mercator Reseach Centre. The theme of this biennial congress is 'Minority Languages in a Globalized Society' with a focus on e.g. digital technologies, migration, language policies and education. Keynote speakers are Dr Bernat Joan i Marí, Dr Lorna Carson, Dr Delyth Prys and Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur.

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ECI Minority SafePack presented at the EESC

The Minority SafePack, a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI), collected more than one million signatures for diversity in Europe. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) invited Loránt Vincze, president of the FUEN and one of the initiatiors, to present their ideas about improving the protection of national and linguistic minorities in Europe. Vincze called for the creation of a European Language Diversity Centre and asked the EESC to include the claims of the Minority SafePack in the debate on the future of Europe. The EESC members underlined the importance of and the EESC's commitment to supporting minorities and citizens' initiatives in general.

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Wiki on minority language learning


Mercator's Wiki currently has 30 language fact sheets, including 4 sign languages. Each fact sheet focuses on the education of a language and offers links or references to educational materials available. In addition, information is given on international, national and regional legislation regarding minority language education. The sheets are made in cooperation with students of the minor Minorities and Multilingualism and the master Multilingualism of the University of Groningen, and with minority language experts from Europe and beyond. If you are knowledgeable in the field of minority language learning and would like to contribute to the wiki as an author, please contact the initiator.

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'Cultural effects rather than a bilingual advantage'

'The management of two languages in the brain is carried out through domain‐general mechanisms and bilinguals possess a performance advantage over monolinguals on (nonlinguistic) tasks that tap these processes'. Researchers from the universities of Essex, Cambridge, Yeungnam and Vienna conducted a large-scale review of the extant literature about the Bilingual Advantage Hypothesis and did an empirical study among young adults from an East Asian (Korean) culture and a Western (British) culture. They found no evidence for a bilingual advantage but did find evidence for enhanced performance in the Korean group.

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COMBI's final multiplier event in 2019

Save the date! On April 12th 2019, COMBI's final multiplier event takes place at the Swansea University (Taliesin Create). The COMBI project will present resources, made by the partners, for training migrants in bilingual work settings. Keynote presentations will be given by Meri Huws and world experts in migration, multilingualism, minority languages and healthcare. The COMBI project, funded by Erasmus+, has six European partners from five countries, including Mercator European Research Centre as coordinating partner. For more details, please send an email to

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Help wanted for testing the Teach-D online course


The Teach-D (Teaching in Diversity) Project invites teachers and facilitators interested in enhancing their diversity management skills in the classroom to participate in a pilot testing the Teach-D online course. The course is made up of 6 course modules and an introductory module:
- Introduction to the Teaching in Diversity online training course
- Module 1: Managing diversity at school
- Module 2: Minority rights in education
- Module 3: Non-discrimination and equality
- Module 4: Religious diversity
- Module 5: Linguistic diversity in education
- Module 6: Hate speech
Participants are asked to spend at least 1 hour of trying out the course and when finished filling in a questionnaire with their feedback. Please email Marlous Visser if you want to participate. The deadline for completing the questionnaire is Friday 19 October 2018.


Durk Gorter wins the Award at the 11th International Conference on Multilingualism and Third Language Acquisition

Winner of the Award for
Distinguished Scholar on Multilingualism

IAM L3, 14-09-2018, Lisbon

The Lo-Toga Language

"Mommy, I don't want to speak your language anymore"

Greko Ambassadors

"For bilingual children, the early primary years are a common point of linguistic rebellion", says professor Ingrid Piller (Macquarie University, Sydney) in 'Language on the Move'. At the age of only 5, her daughter informed her that she would stop speaking her mother's language (German) and switch to the English of her friends. "The combined discovery of a stronger language and of social difference may lead them to reject the home language."
Piller illustrates her story with Dr Sabine Little's (Sheffield University, UK) research on bilingual parents and the language negotiating with their children. In Little's research with 212 bilingual families in the UK, she found that parents often failed to talk about these complicated feelings with their children, which could turn into a source of tensions between them. "In fact, attempting to raise children bilingually may not only impact on the parent-child relationship but can also put a strain on the couple relationship", states Piller in her and Livia Gerber's new research 'Family language policy between the bilingual advantage and the monolingual mindset'.


14 - 16 November 2018, Berlin (Germany)
Big Cities, Small Languages
Organized by The SOAS World Languages Institute (UK), Mercator Research Centre, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation and the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft.

22 - 24 November 2018, Tallinn (Estonia)
Multilingual Awareness and Multilingual Practices (MAMP18)
Organized by Tallinn University, School of Humanities.

29 - 30 November 2018, Madrid (Spain)
Language and Society Conference on Bilingualism and Interculturality (BIUNED)
Organized by Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia.

29 - 30 November 2018, Madrid (Spain)
II International Conference on Language and Migration (2CILEI-18)
Organized by University of Alcalá.

14 - 16 February 2019, York (United Kingdom)
Language, Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts (LIEMC19)
* Deadline Call for Papers: 15 November 2018
Organized by University of York.

25 - 27 March 2019, Valetta (Malta)
2nd International Conference on Bilingualism
* Deadline Call for Papers: 31 October 2018
Organized by University of Malta.

9 - 11 May 2018, Corfu (Greece)
Multilingual Language Theories and Practices (MLTP2019)
* Deadline Call for Papers: 15 January 2019
Organized by MultiLingNet and Ionian University.

15 - 16 May 2019, Hamar (Norway)
Multilingual Childhoods: Education, Policy and Practice (MC 2019)
* Deadline Call for Papers: 30 October 2018
Organized by Inland Norway University and Oslo Metropolitan University.

21 - 23 May 2019, Bielefeld (Germany)
International Conference on Multilingualism and Multilingual Education (ICMME 19)
* Deadline Call for Papers: 31 December 2018
Organized by Bielefeld University.

22 - 25 May 2019, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)
17th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVII)
* Deadline Call for Papers: 15 October 2018
Organized by Mercator Research Centre.

29 - 30 May 2019, Västerås (Sweden)
Interactional Competences and Practices in a Second Language (ICOP-L2)
* Deadline Call for Papers: 18 November 2018
Organized by Mälardalen University.

2 July 2019, Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Ninth Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment
* Deadline Call for Papers: 7 April 2019
Organized by the University of Cambridge.

17 - 19 June 2019, Jyväskylä (Finland)
Thinking, Doing, Learning: Usage based perspectives on second language learning (TDL4)
* Deadline Call for Papers: 5 November 2018
Organized by University of Jyväskylä.

26 - 28 June 2019, Leeuwarden/ Ljouwert (The Netherlands)
International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 10)
* Deadline Call for Papers: 20 October 2018
Organized by Fryske Akademy.

27 - 28 August 2019, Chania (Crete, Greece)
International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 2019 (ISMBS 2019)
* Deadline Call for Papers: 5 February 2019
Organized by the Institute of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech.

14 - 15 November 2019, Udine (Italy)
2nd International Colloquium on Plurilingualism (2nd ICP )
* Deadline Call for Papers: 30 April 2019
Organized by Udine University / Centro Internazionale sul Plurilinguismo.

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