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"Potentially disastrous Brexit effects on Celtic languages"

The European Language Equality Network (ELEN) with its Welsh, Scottish, Irish and Cornish member organisations, has issued a joint statement over the effect of Brexit on the Celtic languages. The organisations outline the benefits of being in the EU for the languages in terms of protection and promotion, all of which will be lost with Brexit:
"Brexit will have a profoundly negative effect for all of the Celtic languages spoken in the UK. These language communities in Wales, Scotland, the north of Ireland, and Cornwall are faced not only with losing direct funding via programmes such as Erasmus Plus, Creative Europe and Horizon 2020, but also with losing significant structural funds such as the Social Fund, Interreg, Growth, LEADER and EAFRD, all of which have created sustainable employment for Celtic language speakers in sectors such as agriculture, fishing, tourism and higher education. Outside the Common Agricultural Policy, agriculture and the rural economy will face huge challenges – and these are extremely important sectors where Celtic language speakers live and work (...). "

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2019 is the Year of Indigenous Languages

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, in order to raise global attention on the critical risks confronting indigenous languages and its significance for sustainable development, reconciliation, good governance and peace building. The celebration in 2019 will contribute to the access to, and promotion of, indigenous languages and to a concrete improvement in the lives of indigenous peoples by strengthening the capacities of indigenous language speakers and relevant indigenous peoples’ organizations.

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"Improve Frisian position through dialogue with CoE"

The Dutch national government should enter into dialogue with the Council of Europe to report more efficiently on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Currently there are structural problems with the reporting cycle, which is detrimental to Frisian. This is shown by research that DINGtiid, the government advisory body for the Frisian language, had commissioned by Mercator European Research Centre for Multilingualism and Language Learning. Minister Ollongren of the Interior and Kingdom Relations received the research report in Leeuwarden on Friday 30 November.

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The Jura dialect recognized as minority language in Switzerland


The Swiss government now recognizes the dialect of the Jura region as minority language. The Federal Council follows a recommendation of the Council of Europe (10 December 2018), in which the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention called on the Swiss authorities to do more to protect the rights of persons belonging to national minorities and to ensure the equality of the various linguistic communities. The recognition of the Franco-Provençal patois of Valais, Friborg and Vaud is therefore extended to that of the oïl Franc-Comtois of the Jura. With the recognition, Switzerland gives new visibility to the patois of French-speaking Switzerland. Switzerland has already declared Romansh and Italian minority languages within the meaning of the Charter and recognizes Yenish and Yiddish as languages without territory.

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UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues in Romania

UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Fernand de Varennes was invited by FUEN to take part in the conference Hungarian Minority Communities: Struggles and Opportunities in Transylvania, Romania. He met with the leaders of the Hungarian communities from the Ukraine, Slovakia, Serbia and Transylvania. They presented the situation of their communities and discussed about the application of language rights on practice with representatives of NGOs and researchers. The three-day visit concluded with a press conference, where De Varennes explained that although he is not here to comment on what he had learned, he can say that generally speaking there is always room for improvement in the field of minority rights.

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New: Journal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech

The new Journal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (JMBS) provides a venue for publications on the scientific study of child and adult spoken language during acquisition or practice in monolingual, bilingual, second language, and minority and dialectal contexts, spanning normal and disordered speech, and sign language. JMBS aims at establishing multidisciplinary links between cognitive and neuro-linguistics, psycholinguistics, clinical linguistics, speech pathology, educational linguistics, sociolinguistics, and the application of new technologies. It publishes full research articles, reviews and research notes. JMBS is co-edited by Elena Babatsouli and Martin J. Ball and will be launched from 2019 onwards by Equinox Publishing.

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"Spain fails commitments to Catalan before CoE"

"The Spanish State fails to comply with the international treaty for the promotion and protection of regional or minority languages," reports La Plataforma por la Llengua, together with CIEMEN, Juristes per la Llengua and the Fundació Catalunya, in a meeting with the Committee of Experts of the Council of Europe, which is currently evaluating compliance with the Charter. "The breaches result in a framework of impunity for officials who discriminate linguistically against the citizens."

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Research: Health care staff with minority language

In Norwegian elder care, an increasing percentage of the health care staff has a migrant background. 'The aging and nursing care ABC' educational program offers multicomponent training for municipal care staff to systematically improve their competence in elder care. It focuses on the processes and relationships between native participants with Norwegian language and migrants with other lingual backgrounds. The research was done by Kariann Krohne (et al.) from the Oslo University Hospital.

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Majorcan band Janksy wins Suns Europe Festival 2018

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ECSPM Symposium 2019 - Multilingual challenges

On 21-22 March 2019, the European Civil Society Platform for Multilingualism (ECSPM) organizes a symposium that focuses on mediation as a critical aspect of communication in multilingual and multicultural settings, and as a crucial competence involving vision, creativity and skills: the aim would thus be to educate people to be plurilingually competent, multiliterate, lifelong learners, able to communicate effectively in multilingual settings, dealing successfully with linguistic and discursive diversity. The symposium is hosted by the University of Reading (UK).

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Mercator vacancy: Postdoc researcher Multilingualism

At the Mercator European Research Centre, a position is open for a Postdoc researcher Multilingualism and Language Learning (32 hours / 0.842 fte). The successful candidate will work closely together with other researchers and research assistants of the Mercator European Research Centre, and carry out and set up research within the Mercator research fields, such as multilingualism, new technologies, language in healthcare, migration, language policy, education and more. Read the full job discription via the link below. Send in your application before the 28th of January 2019.

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Follow-up grant for multilingual education project Holi-Frysk

Norbert Kiss

The project 'Holi-Frysk - Multilingual Education for Everyone' has recently received a follow-up grant from the the Province of Friesland for two years. The project aims to develop plurilingual teaching approaches and materials for different types of secondary schools, and to investigate their implementation and its effects on language attitudes of teachers and classroom interaction. Holi-Frysk '1.0' served as a pilot study and focused on plurilingualism in mainstream secondary education from a holistic perspective, combining: a) different types of secondary schools by working with a trilingual, a mainstream and a newcomer school; b) different multilingual teaching approaches by using principles of the language awareness, language comparison, receptive multilingualism, CLIL and immersion methods; and c) different types of languages by including national, regional minority, foreign and migrant languages. The project was run by the Mercator European Research Centre and different partners (2017-2018); the follow-up will be led by the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences and will have Mercator as one of its partners. All developed activities and materials can be found at the project's website.

Youtube documentary 'Introducing the Mercator Institute'

Norbert Kiss

Sociolinguist Norbert Kiss from Prague makes short documentaries about minority languages for his Youtube channel LingoNor. In november he was on holiday in Leeuwarden and visited the Mercator European Research Centre at the Fryske Akademy. He was very interested in what we do and he made this lovely six minutes documentary about our institute. Thank you, Norbert!


14 - 16 February 2019, York (United Kingdom)
Language, Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts (LIEMC19)
Organized by University of York.

22 - 24 March 2019, Reading (United Kingdom)
ECSPM Symposium: multilingual challenges: mediating images, languages and language pedagogy
Organized by ECSPM and the Centre of Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM), University of Reading.

25 - 27 March 2019, Valetta (Malta)
2nd International Conference on Bilingualism
Organized by University of Malta.

8 - 10 April 2019, Jönköping (Sweden)
Multilingualism, Diversity and Democracy (MuDD) Conference 2019
* Deadline Call for Papers: 15 January 2019
Organized by organized by the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University.

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)
Organized by Inland Norway University and Oslo Metropolitan University.

21 - 23 May 2019, Bielefeld (Germany)
International Conference on Multilingualism and Multilingual Education (ICMME 19)
Organized by Bielefeld University.

22 - 24 May 2019, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)
17th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVII)
Organized by Mercator European Research Centre.

29 - 30 May 2019, Västerås (Sweden)
Interactional Competences and Practices in a Second Language (ICOP-L2)
Organized by Mälardalen University.

17 - 19 June 2019, Jyväskylä (Finland)
Thinking, Doing, Learning: Usage based perspectives on second language learning (TDL4)
Organized by University of Jyväskylä.

26 - 28 June 2019, Leeuwarden/ Ljouwert (The Netherlands)
International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 10)
Organized by Fryske Akademy.

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.

3 - 5 July 2019, Soria (Spain)
Fifth International Colloquium on Languages, Cultures, Identity in Schools and Society
* Deadline Call for Papers: 31 January 2019
Organized by the Loyola Marymount University School of Education.

8 - 11 July 2019, Athens (Greece)
12th Annual International Conference on Languages & Linguistics
* Deadline Call for Papers: 11 March 2019
Organized by the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) and the Athens Journal of Philology.

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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